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FEEG2005 Materials and Structures

Module Overview

This second year module continues to develop the links between structures and materials, building on the fundamentals established in the first year course on mechanics, structures and materials. The relationship between composition, microstructure and properties of materials is linked to a deeper understanding of their structural performance. This assessment of structural performance is also developed through more advanced stress and deflection analyses for more complex engineering components and systems. This combination of approaches will strengthen the students’ understanding of the interplay between materials engineering and structural design. This module also develops the foundations for more advanced third year and fourth year modules in materials and solid mechanics.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Static and fatigue failure of engineering components subject to combined loading
  • The buckling of imperfect struts subject to axial and eccentric loads
  • The application of energy methods to predict internal forces and deformations in determinate and indeterminate structures
  • Advanced topics in bending and torsion
  • Introduction to continuum mechanics in two and three dimensions
  • Properties of important engineering materials and how they are influenced by heat treatment and manufacture
  • Relationship between understanding of materials properties, service performance and the design process
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify regions of high stress and deformation in engineering components and systems, and predict failure by using traditional methods of stress analysis
  • Identify major failure mechanisms and relate to design/service conditions
  • Critically analyse a situation involving materials and prepare questions to be answered by experts in the field
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Interpret component/system failure in a wider context
  • Team working through laboratory experiments
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Conduct scientific experiments and critically analyse results
  • Produce scientific reports


- Introduction to whole course: the interaction of materials and structures (joint lecture) - Bending, tensile and torsional stresses (review). Combined loadings and compound stress states. Mohr circle (review), static failure of components subject to combined loading. Fluctuating stresses and fatigue failure. Fatigue analysis for steady and fluctuating loads (lectures, discipline specific workshop) - Strain energy in bending, tension and torsion (review). The principle of virtual work. Castigliano’s theorem(s). Applications to statically determinate and indeterminate systems (lectures, examples class,discipline specific workshop). - Euler buckling (review). Imperfect struts; effects of eccentricity and initial curvature. Effects ofaxial load on lateral stiffness. Local instability and buckling of plates and shells (quantitative only) (lectures, discipline specific workshop). - Torsion of thin-walled closed tubes. Torsion of rectangular strips and thin-walled open sections. Applications to aerospace and marine structures (lectures, discipline specific workshop). - Bending and shear bending stresses in asymmetric sections. Application to aerospace and marine structures (lectures,discipline specific workshop). - Introduction to continuum mechanics in two and three dimensions. Plane stress and plane strain; the elastic stress-strain relationship, equilibrium equations, strain-displacement and compatibility. Applications to thick cylinders and rotating discs. (lectures, discipline specific workshop). - Structural Performance of Materials: Fracture, Fatigue, Wear and Corrosion (lectures, case study sessions): - An introduction to the major failure modes and a consideration of the failure mechanisms. Methods to combat these failure modes are considered. Analysis of fatigue in engineering components subject to bending, tension and torsion. - Lightweight materials (lectures, case study session): - Composites: Designing with polymer matrix composites with glass, Kevlar and carbon fibres. Basic composite theory, the properties and applications of composites. Manufacturing methods are described. Light Metals: A comparison of the metallurgy and properties of the competing light metals - the alloys of aluminium, magnesium and titanium. The effect of heat treatment upon properties is considered. - Ferrous Alloys (lectures, case study session) - Consideration of the properties, structures and the structural transformations which occur in ferrous alloys. Selection and use of steels for structural engineering applications. - High temperature materials (lectures, case study session) High temperature requirements, oxidation, creep, high temperature materials: nickel alloys and ceramics. Improving performance at high temperatures.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: - Lectures on the above supported by example sheets in supplied course material. - Discipline-specific problem classes and design workshops. - Laboratory sessions on: fatigue, corrosion and structures problems Learning activities include: - Individual work on examples in course material, attendance at laboratory classes and associated coursework completion

Follow-up work36
Preparation for scheduled sessions25
Completion of assessment task12
Practical classes and workshops6
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

P P Benham, R J Crawford & C G Armstrong (1996). Mechanics of Engineering Materials. 

W.D.Callister. Materials Science and Engineering - An Introduction. 

Blackboard Course for module. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Examination  (120 minutes) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Examination  (120 minutes) 70%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Coursework 10%
Examination  (120 minutes) 70%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: FEEG1002

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