The objective of this project is to let the student investigate some intriguing aspect of materials science using knowledge and techniques learned in class, but in an environment/time primarily outside of class.
Methods and Procedures:
Topics of investigation may be categorized many ways. Examples include:
· visually analyzing a failed part to determine why it occurred – and presenting your analysis
· imaging a microstructure to correlate properties, expected or not – and sharing your results
· using visual inspection to evaluate the integrity of a structure – and presenting your results
· manufacturing a material or structure – and displaying the material you manufactured
· investigate a materials process or concept – predict and compare experimental behavior
Think of subjects you are interested in, and then explore! Get on the net, or hit the magazines. This is a chance for you to be in control of the subject, depth and direction of investigation.
Note: Please don’t ‘review’ a topic and hand me a copy of some internet article. Please apply what you’ve learned in class to some materials issue that is of interest to you.
You will upload both a report and a narrated slide show.
The written report will include:
· a title page; with name, date, etc.
· an introduction (background and objective of your investigation),
· the method you used (how did you approach your work, and what you were trying to show or find out),
· the results of your work
· a discussion (of your investigation, comparison with other similar materials or processes, or other relevant information such as composition, microstructure or manufacturing methods),
· at least four references; one of which must be your text, the text book is “Engineering Materials Technology” by James A. Jacobs and Thomas F.Kilduff, 5th edition.
· at least four graphics (that augment explanations, etc.), of which two are microscopic,
· a conclusion (did your approach produce tangible results?).