Engineering Materials

Subject ENGR20003 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 48 hours, comprising of three hours of lectures per week and 12 hours of tutorials/labs per semester
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Learning in this subject will be assisted by completion of ONE of the following subjects:

For Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce students:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

For Bachelor of Environments students:

From 2013

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013

Or pre 2013 ENVS10003 Constructing Environments

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Elisa Lumantarna:

Professor Priyan Mendis:

Subject Overview:

The subject focuses on constructional materials for structural engineering applications and is divided into three components:

  1. Materials Science
  2. Constructional Materials
  3. Mechanics of Materials

In the material science component, basic concepts on inter-atomic bonding, microstructure of solids and generic material properties related to density, deformation, yield, ductility, fracture, toughness, susceptibility to corrosion and fatigue are introduced. In the constructional materials component, the engineering applications of structural and light-gauge steel, concrete, masonry, timber, glass, fibre-glass and composites will be covered. In the mechanics component, the basic concepts of stress-strain compatibility, composite actions, the concept of shear stress flow, basic two-dimensional stress analysis, strength and ductility and arching actions are covered


On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Describe atomic and crystalline structures, molecular composition and its influence on the physical properties of materials
  • Describe and interpret the phenomena of strength, deformation, ductility, failure mechanisms, fast fracture and fatigue as applied generically to all materials and be able to identify the key engineering implications with these phenomena
  • Describe the key features in the manufacturing/production, quality control, engineering applications, performance and safety issues associated with the commonly used engineering materials including steel, concrete, masonry, timber, polymers and composites, and be able to identify their engineering implications
  • Apply the concepts of stress-strain compatibility and complimentary shear stresses in achieving composite actions; identify realistic failure mechanisms in structures and make effective use of strength and ductility in engineering applications
  • Identify key considerations including those of costs, practicality, sustainability and the environment, health and safety in making engineering decisions on the choice and engineering application of materials
  • One 2-hour examination, end of semester (60%)
  • One 50-minute test, mid-semester (10%)
  • Two assignments totalling 2400 words, due mid and late semester (30%)
Prescribed Texts:
  • W.D. Callister Jr, Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, Wiley and Sons Inc.
  • D.R. Askeland, The Science and Engineering of Materials Chapman & Hall
  • M.F. Ashby & D.R.H. Jones, Engineering Materials 1 & 2
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Understanding of social, cultural, global, and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Civil Engineering stream
Civil (Engineering) Systems major
Environmental Engineering Systems major
Environments Discipline subjects
Master of Engineering (Civil)
Master of Engineering (Environmental)
Master of Engineering (Structural)
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG. Core selective subjects for B-BMED.

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