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2001. Introduction to Structure, Properties, and Processing of Materials I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1127 or 1147. Not open to students who have passed MSE 2101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Bonding in materials, the crystal structure of metals and ceramics, and defects in materials will be introduced. Basic principles of phase diagrams and phase transformations will be given with particular emphasis on microstructural evolution and the effect of microstructure on the mechanical properties of metals and alloys. Introductory level knowledge of mechanical properties, testing methods, strengthening mechanisms, and fracture mechanics will be provided.

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2002. Introduction to Structure, Properties, and Processing of Materials II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or 2101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Structures, properties, and processing of ceramics; structure, properties and processing of polymers and composites; electrical, thermal, magnetic and optical properties of solids; and corrosion.

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2053. Materials Characterization and Processing Laboratory

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2002, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles of materials properties, processing and microstructure will be illustrated by experiments with qualitative and quantitative microscopy, mechanical testing, thermal processing, plastic deformation and corrosion. Materials design and selection criteria will be introduced by studying case histories from industry and reverse engineering analyses.

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2101. Materials Science & Engineering I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: CHEM 1127 or 1147. Not open to students who have passed MSE 2001.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relation of crystalline structure to chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of metals and alloys. Testing, heat treating, and engineering applications of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys.

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2102. Materials Science and Engineering II.

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or 2101. Not open to students who have passed MSE 2002.

Grading Basis: Graded

Structures, properties, and processing of ceramics; structure, properties and processing of polymers and composites; electrical, thermal, magnetic and optical properties of solids; and corrosion.

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3001. Applied Thermodynamics of Materials

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or 2101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Thermodynamic principles will be applied to the behavior and processing of materials. Topics covered will include thermodynamic properties, solution thermodynamics, phase equilibria, phase diagram prediction, gas-solid reactions and electrochemistry.

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3002. Transport Phenomena in Materials Processing

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3003 and MATH 2110, both of which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Mechanisms and quantitative treatment of mass, energy, and momentum transfer will be applied to design and analysis of materials processing. Increasingly complex and open-ended engineering design projects will be used to illustrate principles of diffusion; heat conduction, convection, and radiation, and fluid flow.

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3003. Phase Transformation Kinetics and Applications

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or 2101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and applications of phase transformations to control microstructure and materials properties. In depth, quantitative coverage will include vacancies, solid solutions, phase diagrams, diffusion, solidification of metals, nucleation and growth kinetics, and thermal treatments to control microstructure.

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3004. Mechanical Behavior of Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or 2101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Elements of elastic plastic deformation of materials and the role of crystal structure. Strengthening and toughening mechanisms. Fracture; including fatigue, stress corrosion and creep rupture. Test methods.

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3020. Failure Analysis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or 2101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Methods for determining the nature and cause of materials failure in structures and other mechanical devices. Analysis of case histories.

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3029. Ceramic Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2002; PHYS 1502.

Grading Basis: Graded

Microstructure of crystalline ceramics and glasses and role of thermodynamics and kinetics on its establishment. Effect of process variables on microstructure and ultimately on mechanical, chemical and physical properties.

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3030. Introduction to Composite Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3004.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and applications of manufacturing and mechanics of polymer-matrix, and ceramic-matrix composites. Processing and properties of fibers. Interface characteristics. Design of components using composite materials.

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3032. Introduction to High Temperature Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or 2101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Plastic deformation of metals and other solid materials at elevated temperatures. Dislocation mechanisms; creep processes; oxidation. Strengthening mechanism, including ordering and precipitation hardening.

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3034. Ferrous Alloys

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3001 and 3003, both of which may be taken concurrently. Open to juniors and seniors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Application of materials science and engineering principles to extraction, refining, processing, phase transformations, heat treatment, properties and applications of iron-based alloys. Alloys covered include: plain-carbon steels, alloy steels (micro-alloyed, high-speed, stainless) and cast irons.

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3036. Non Ferrous Alloys

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3001 and 3003, both of which may be taken concurrently. Open to juniors and seniors.

Grading Basis: Graded

Application of materials science and engineering principles to extraction, refining, processing, phase transformations, heat treatment, properties and applications of non-ferrous alloys. Materials covered include alloys of: aluminum, copper, magnesium, nickel, titanium, zinc and refractory metals.

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3055. Materials Processing and Microstructures Laboratory

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2053; MSE 3003, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Illustrative processing, microstructural characterization and control. As-cast, wrought, and solutionized non-ferrous alloys, dendritic, non-dendritic, and eutectic microstructures. Heat-treated ferrous alloys. Composites. Powder metallurgy-processed, and weld microstructures.

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3056. Mechanical Behavior Laboratory

2.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3004, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Characterization of mechanical properties of materials and fundamentals of materials deformation and fracture processes will be experienced through hands-on projects with tensile, rheological, cyclic, and high temperature testing; drawing; forging; extrusion; rolling; and hot pressing.

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3156. Polymeric Materials

Also offered as: CHEG 3156

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to School of Engineering students. Recommended preparation: CHEM 2444. Not open to students who have passed CHEM 3661.

Grading Basis: Graded

Structure, properties, and chemistry of high polymers; solution and phase behavior; physical states, viscoelasticity and flow; production and polymer processing; design of polymers for specific applications.

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3193. International Study in Materials Science and Engineering

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special engineering topics taken in an international study program. May be repeated for up to six credits with change in topic.

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3700. Biomaterials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or MSE 2101. Not open to students who have passed BME 3700.

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduction to a series of implant materials, including metals, ceramics, glass ceramics, polymers, and composites, including comparison with natural materials. Issues related to mechanical properties, biocompatibility, degradation of materials by biological systems, and biological response to artificial materials will be addressed. Particular attention will be given to the materials for the total hip prosthesis, dental restoration, and implantable medical devices.

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4001. Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2101 or both PHYS 1502 and MSE 2001.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles underlying electrical and magnetic behavior will be applied to the selection and design of materials. Topics covered will include: thermoelectricity, photoelectricity, conductors, semiconductors, superconductors, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, piezoelectricity, pyroelectricity, and magnetism. Device applications.

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4003. Materials Characterization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or 2101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles and experimental methods of optical, electron, and x-ray examination of engineering materials. Emphasis on use of x-ray analysis, with introduction to electron microscopy, Auger spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and microanalysis.

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4004. Thermal/Mechanical Processing of Materials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3004, which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamental principles of materials processing and their quantitative application to process design will be illustrated for deformation processes: forging, rolling, drawing, extrusion, injection molding, powder compaction and sintering.

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4005. Processing of Materials in the Liquid and Vapor State

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3001 and 3002.

Grading Basis: Graded

Fundamental principles of materials processing and their quantitative application to process design will be illustrated for materials processes involving liquids and gasses: crystal growth, zone refining, shape casting, continuous casting, refining, welding, and vapor deposition.

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4021. Materials Joining

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or 2101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Basic materials principles applied to fusion and solid phase welding, brazing and other joining processes. Effects of joining process and process variable values on microstructure, soundness and mechanical properties of as-processed joints. Treatment and properties of joints and joined assemblies. Joining defects and quality control.

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4034. Corrosion and Materials Protection

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2001 or 2101.

Grading Basis: Graded

Corrosion and materials protection designed for engineering students. Principles of materials degradation, extensive case histories and practical applications. Selection of metals, alloys, ceramics and polymers for atmospheric, soil, marine and chemical environments. Evaluation methods, protective measures and the techniques of failure analysis.

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4038. Alloy Casting Processes

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3002 and 3003, both of which may be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Principles of alloy solidification are discussed and applied in the context of sand, investment, and die casting; continuous and direct chill casting; electroslag and vacuum arc remelting, crystal growth, rapid solidification, and laser coating.

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4040. Materials Selection in Mechanical Design

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3004.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of materials and how they are chosen for various mechanical designs. A wide range of materials will be discussed (metal, ceramic, polymer, etc.) and their key properties (modulus, strength, density, etc.) in design will be reviewed. Guidelines for material selection will be shown. As part of the course, design trades will also be discussed.

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4095. Special Topics in Materials Science and Engineering

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in topic this course may be repeated for credit.

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4097. Undergraduate Research in Materials Science and Engineering

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 3 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Methods of research and development. Laboratory or computational investigation. Correlation and interpretation of experimental or modelling results. Writing technical reports and presenting conclusions.

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4098. Variable Topics in Materials Science and Engineering

1.00 - 3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Does not constitute original research.

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4099. Independent Study in Materials Science and Engineering

1.00 - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Specialized non-classroom-based coursework under the regular supervision of a faculty instructor. Does not constitute original research.

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4240. Nanomaterials Synthesis and Design

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2002

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduces synthesis and design of materials in the nanoscale. Typical synthesis strategies of low dimensional materials including nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes and hierarchical nanostructures are presented and discussed. The reasons behind growth mechanisms are interpreted and the nanoscale structure-properties relations are described. Design strategies of multifunctional nanomaterials will be addressed as well. Readings from modern scientific literature are assigned weekly for in-class discussions.

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4241. Nanomaterials Characterization and Application

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 2002

Grading Basis: Graded

Introduces materials characterization and applications at the nanoscale. Standard and advanced methods in Scanning Probe Microscopy, Electron Microscopy, and Focused Ion Beams are presented. Self-Assembled and Lithographically defined structures are treated. Nanoscale particles, tubes, films, and structures are discussed. Applications for enhanced mechanical, electronic, magnetic, optical, and biological properties are described. Societal implications including performance, costs, environmental impacts, and health issues are addressed. Readings from modern scientific literature are assigned weekly for in-class discussions.

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4701. Advanced Biomaterials

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3700 or BME 3700. Not open to students who have passed BME 4701.

Grading Basis: Graded

In-depth coverage of a series of biomaterials for various applications. Topics include calcium phosphates and composites for hard tissue replacement, drug delivery systems, tissue engineering and issues unique to the biomedical field.

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4800. Materials for Advanced Fossil Energy Systems

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3001 and 3002 both of which can be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Will familiarize students with the state of the art in fossil fuel power generation technologies ranging from conventional combustion to emerging technologies such as oxyfuel combustion; integrated coal gasification (IGCC) and fuel cell (IGFC) systems; and CO2 separation and sequestration.

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4801. Materials for Alternative, Renewable Energy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3001 and 3002 both of which can be taken concurrently.

Grading Basis: Graded

Overview of energy conversion and storage systems - centralized and distributed generation to stationary and motive batteries; efficiency calculation and thermodynamics; electrochemistry - primary and secondary batteries; fuels - chemistry, processing, impurities; combustion, gasification and electrochemical systems; materials requirements; bulk and surface properties; metals, ceramics and superalloys; gas -metal interactions; gas - liquid -metal interactions; development trend - alloying principles, coatings, claddings; alloy processing and coating techniques.

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4901W. Capstone Design Project I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 3002 and 3004, both of which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010, 1011, or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Seniors working in teams with faculty and industry mentors solve open ended projects in design of materials, materials processes, and material systems. Oral and written reports are required in each semester. For students with high academic standing the BSE and MS projects may overlap.

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4902W. Capstone Design Project II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: MSE 4901; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Seniors working in teams with faculty and industry mentors solve open ended projects in design of materials, products, and processes. Oral and written reports are required in each semester. For students with high academic standing the BSE and MS projects may overlap. SM-12/10/12

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4996. Thesis Research in Materials Science and Engineering

1.00 - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Up to three credits of MSE 4097 or 4996 can satisfy the Professional Elective requirement.

Grading Basis: Graded

Academic research conducted by a student under the supervision of the thesis advisor that involves completing and documenting a major original project.

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