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MATERIALS SELECTION IN MECHANICAL DESIGN - 2023/4

Module code: ENG3206

Module Overview

A lecture and tutorial based module, which build on ENG1063 (Materials and Statics), and is complementary to ENG3164 (Engineering Materials). It provide a deeper and broader appreciation of methods for selecting materials as part of mechanical design.

Materials property charts are used throughout as a means to rapid appropriation of solutions from a wide range of engineering materials. The module includes the selection of materials processes in addition to selection of materials. Approaches that enable multiple constraints and conflicting objectives to be handled are explored. Materials selection and component shape is addressed as a pointer to more sophisticated contemporary approaches such as topological optimisation. The module concludes with an overview of designing hybrid materials.

Module provider

Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Module Leader

WHITING Mark (Mech Eng Sci)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: J511

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 110

Lecture Hours: 10

Tutorial Hours: 10

Captured Content: 20

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

ENG1063 (Materials and Statics) and completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2.

Module content


  • Indicative content: The basics of materials selection: the selection strategy, attributes and materials indices, the selection procedure. Case studies, including couplings, seals, safe pressure vessels and heat exchangers. [Captured content, lectures and tutorials]

  • Processes and their effect on properties. Shaping, joining, finishing. Subtractive and additive manufacture. Process-property trajectories. Process selection. Limitations and quality. [Captured content, lectures and tutorials]

  • Multiple constraints and conflicting objectives: Selection methods for multiple constraints. Case studies: light pressure vessels, wafer-thin casings for hand-held technology, cost-effective bumpers and materials for disc-brake calipers. [Captured content, lectures and tutorials]

  • Selection of materials and shape: a refresher on shape factors. The limits to shape efficiency. Material indices that include shape. Architectured materials: microscopic shape. Case studies, including forks for racing bicycles, shapes that flex and ultra-efficient springs. [Captured content, lectures and tutorials]

  • Designing hybrid materials: cellular structures (foams and lattices). Sandwich structures and multi layers. Segmented structures. Case studies, including: designing metal matrix composites and exploring the efficiency of natural materials. [Captured content, lecture and tutorial]


Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework MATERIALS SELECTION DESIGN PROBLEM 20
Examination Online 2 hour EXAM 80

Alternative Assessment

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Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate: (i) they understand how to use diverse engineering materials property data to select appropriate materials for structural applications in a variety of engineering contexts, (ii) can use engineering materials property data to justify the selection of materials, processes and component geometry against various design goals. Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of: 1. Assignment [learning outcomes 1 and 2], and 2. Examination [learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4].

Formative verbal feedback is given in tutorials. Written feedback is given on the coursework assignment.

Module aims

  • To understand how to use diverse engineering materials property data to select appropriate materials for structural applications in a variety of engineering contexts.
  • To use engineering materials property data to justify the selection of materials, processes and component geometry against various design goals.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
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001 Use materials property charts, to apply engineering and science principles, to make initial judgements about the selection of materials for diverse engineering design contexts. KCT AHEP 4: C13
002 Apply engineering and science principles to understand a broad range of processes for materials manufacture and their implications for materials and process selection. KCT AHEP 4: C13
003 Apply engineering and science principles to analyse the mechanics of a materials design problem so as to select materials and geometry to minimise weight, minimise environmental impact, etc. KCT AHEP 4: C1
004 Analyse complex problems in order to establish when a hybrid material might provide a better design solution than a monolithic engineering material. KCT AHEP 4: C2

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to enable students to: (i) use materials property charts to make initial judgments about the selection of materials for diverse engineering design contexts, (ii) understand a broad range of processes for materials manufacture and their implications for materials and process selection, (iii) analyse the mechanics of a materials design problem so as to select materials and geometry to minimise weight, minimise environmental impact, etc., (iv) assess when a hybrid material might provide a better design solution than a monolithic engineering material. The learning and teaching methods include: 20 hours of captured content, 10 hours of lectures, 10 hours of tutorials and 110 hours of independent learning informed by content and assignment.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Mechanical Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Engineering BEng (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Mechanical Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Automotive Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Biomedical Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.