MSE307 Engineering Alloys
In third year, I teach 1/3 of a course on alloys. This is quite different to my other courses in that it is all about the skill of synthesis; taking all of the ideas and concepts and phenomena encountered so far in the degree and applying them to understand the domain of alloys. That is; how alloys are designed, how they are manufactured, and how they are used, and how all of these inter-relate.
It could be a course of unrelated facts! But the 1st and 2nd year material actually gives you a framework to put them together into a whole – to turn the trees into a forest, the threads into a tapestry – which is that skill of synthesis.
My intent is to add videos here and then to discuss in the class sessions for lectures 2-8 using learning catalytics, but the first lecture will be by classical exposition, at least for 2015. I will add the notes and videos to this page as I make them.
And so in the first lecture I first introduce the course, then we discuss materials selection, then jet engines to get into an application context, then lifing to think about the topic of failure. Notes for lecture 1. Video 1.1. Video 1.2.
The third session is about the Sioux City air accident, examining the fault sequence, the causes of the failure and the underlying metallurgy. Lecture 3 Notes. Video 3. The air accident report is here.
Rolls-Royce – jet engine fly-through, assembly etc are here.
Animation from ORNL of Ti processing from Kroll to cold rolled sheet: here.