Material Behavior

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Material Behavior

Course Description

Have you ever wondered why ceramics are hard and brittle while metals tend to be soft and pliable? Or how about why some materials conduct heat or electricity while others are insulators? In this course, you will learn how a material’s properties are determined by the microstructure of the material, which is in turn determined by the composition and the processing that the material has undergone. This is the first of three courses that mirror the Introduction to Materials Science class that is taken by most engineering undergrads at Georgia Tech. The aim of the course is to help students better understand the engineering materials that are used in the world around them. This first section covers the fundamentals of materials science, including atomic structure and bonding, crystal structure, atomic and microscopic defects, and noncrystalline materials, such as glasses, rubbers, and polymers.

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Who Should Attend

This course is designed for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of the engineering materials that are used in the world around them.

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What You Will Learn

  • Material types and their properties
  • Methods to determine and quantify a material's properties
  • How the types of atoms present in a material determine what kind of bonding occurs
  • Crystallographic principles
  • The microstructure and defects in amorphous materials
  • Materials exhibiting ductile and brittle behavior at different temperatures

How You Will Benefit

  • List the different classes of materials and properties that are characteristic of each.
  • Use the knowledge of material classes to perform simple materials selection exercises.
  • Describe some methods of mechanical testing to determine material properties.
  • Understand the microstructure-processing properties relationship.
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