30 credits at level HE7
Developing participants' knowledge and awareness of smart materials.
Gaining a critical understanding of mechanisms giving rise to the characteristic and beneficial properties of smart materials.
Acquiring a critical understanding of the technological applicability and limits of smart materials.
By its nature the syllabus will be dynamic to respond to developments in the rapidly evolving field of smart materials and their technological applications. The topics will be rigorously reviewed and monitored for currency. Currently, any 4 topics from the following list will be delivered, covering fundamental principles, mechanisms and applications:
• Piezoelectric materials
• ‘Negative’ materials (negative Poisson’s ratio [auxetics], negative thermal expansion, negative refractive index, negative permeability and negative permittivity)
• Conductive polymers
• Advanced composites
• Shape-memory materials
• Magneto-rheological fluids
• Intelligent textiles
An intensive course of lectures and workshops over 5 –10 days will be used to introduce the participants to the subject matter. Each participant will be provided with a structured learning package in order to develop their knowledge, comprehension and application of the material presented.
The participants will undertake an assignment in which the taught material will be used to identify and develop the fundamental principles, mechanisms, fabrication and applicability of a smart material for a specific application. In the case of a technologically established smart material the participants will have to critically evaluate the benefits and limitations the smart material brings to the application area. In the case of an emerging smart material (i.e. not yet technologically established) the participants will have to critically evaluate the benefits and identify the development requirements of the smart material.
This module will be assessed by completion of all the assignments. This must be submitted in three parts, a, b and c of increasing depth and application at monthly intervals form the end of the short course. This will allow formal feedback during the remote phase of the module.
Lectures 20 hours
Workshops 5 hours
Practical work 5 hours
Background reading 90 hours
Structured Learning Package 90 hours
Assignments 90 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Have knowledge and understanding of issues relating to a range of smart materials, and the fundamental principles and mechanisms responsible for their characteristic smart behaviours||
Identify examples of smart materials and their fundamental principles of smart operation.
Discuss the role and critical importance of the underlying mechanisms responsible for smart behaviour.
|2.||Demonstrate a capability to undertake case studies into the area of smart materials||Identify and retrieve relevant information from various sources with minimal assistance.|
|3.||Demonstrate an appreciation of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge and how this relates to smart materials||Use fundamental techniques to investigate smart materials.|
|4.||Have an understanding of the role of smart materials for specific applications||Identify and critically assess a variety of smart materials applicable to a specific technological application.|
|5.||Use text and diagrams to describe complex scenarios and to communicate and justify arguments related to smart materials.
Check for reasonableness of answers and estimate the effects of errors. Draw conclusions (relationships, trends, etc.)
Critically assess a given scenario and produce a scientific report that is effective in terms of content and structure.
Present the findings to peers in a short (10 minute) assessed and videoed Powerpoint presentation
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||ILP||Oral presentation of ILP||Poster|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Ashby, M.F. & Jones, D.R.H. (1980) Engineering Materials 1: An Introduction to their Properties and Applications, Pergamon, ISBN 0080261388
Ashby, M.F. & Jones, D.R.H. (1986) Engineering Materials 2: An Introduction to Microstructures, Processing and Design, Pergamon, ISBN 0080325327
Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Smart Materials and Structures
Chemistry and Industry
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