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ENG1051: Materials For Energy And Sustainability

Faculty of Engineering

Materials For Energy And Sustainability

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The key engineering challenge in the 21st century and beyond is the efficient use of energy and the Earth's resources. Energy supply drives our daily life, and there exist challenges in all of clean energy, renewable energy, energy transmission, energy storage, light materials, and energy-efficient manufacturing. In addition, the physical infrastructure on which our daily lives depend requires the sustainable use of the finite resources at our disposal. All of these issues are Materials Engineering issues. In this unit, the fundamentals of the structure, design, and application of materials are covered. Attributes such as modulus, strength, toughness, chemical stability, electrical, magnetic, and thermal properties are explained in terms of atomic bonding, crystal defects and polycrystalline microstructure - and how this relates to end users. A particular focus will be given to "processing-structure-property" relationships, which is at the core of Materials Engineering, with the subjects' concepts elaborated in the context of materials for the efficient use of energy and other resources. Examples will include aerospace materials and functional materials, amongst others.


1 - Assignments - 28% 2 - Weekly tasks - 10% 3 - Test(s) - 12% 4 - Final Assessment - 50%


The minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of 3-6 hours of scheduled learning activities and 6-9 hours of independent study per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher-directed learning, peer-directed learning and online engagement. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities.

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

7. Affordable and Clean Energy 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 12. Responsible Consumption and Production