1 x 2-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2-hour tutorial weekly
2 x 4-hour laboratories per semester
ENGR1722 - Engineering Physics and Materials
Enrolment not permitted
ENGR8822 has been successfully completed
Topic description
  • Week 1: Diffusion
  • Week 2: Deformation and strengthening mechanisms I
  • Week 3: Deformation and strengthening mechanisms II
  • Week 4: Failure I
  • Week 5: Failure II
  • Week 6: Phase diagrams
  • Week 7: Phase transformations
  • Week 8: Electrical properties
  • Week 9: Synthesis, fabrication and processing of materials
  • Week 10: Corrosion and degradation of materials
  • Week 11: Thermal and magnetic properties
  • Week 12: Optical properties
Educational aims

This topic aims to provide students with an understanding of the mechanical behaviour, characteristics and failure analysis of metals and alloys, polymers, ceramics and composites.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the structures, classifications, applications and properties of various engineering materials
  2. Understand the different damage and failure mechanisms of various engineering materials
  3. Analyse fatigue and fracture in engineering materials to predict their strength and life when used for machines, vehicles, and structures
  4. Understand the structure-and-properties relationships of polymers and composites
  5. Practise mechanical characterisations of metallic and polymeric materials

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.