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Welcome to all of the Future Engineers. DAY-1. Introduction about your Syllabus. Materials- Basic Concepts. Science behind Materials. Materials ? Everything that we make is based on materials in one form or another and they highlight just about every modern technological development.

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all of the Future Engineers


Materials- Basic Concepts

Science behind Materials


Materials ?

Everything that we make is based on materials in one form or another and they highlight just about every modern technological development.

Everything we use to manufacture everyday objects from cars to bridges, toys to aeroplanes.

Materials have literally shaped our society, from everyday plastics through to the advanced superalloys used in jet engines and functional ceramics that form the backbone of our electronic components.


Why study Materials science?

Provide an in-depth knowledge of what things are made of, how they are made and why.

Provides a great opportunity to use science and maths skills in a practical way across every industrial sector.

Provides a new idea for the development and improvement of new and existing materials by investigating their structure, processing and properties and how they can be used to design and make new and improved products.


Materials science

“Oldest forms of engineering and applied science”.

A major breakthrough in the understanding of materials

Occurred in the late 19th century,

when the American scientist Josiah Willard Gibbs demonstrated that the thermodynamic properties related to atomic structure in various phases are related to the physical properties of a material.

Materials science has driven, and been driven by, the development of revolutionary technologies such as plastics, semiconductors, and biomaterials.


Materials science, also commonly known as materials engineering, is an interdisciplinary field applying the properties of matter to various areas of science and engineering.

This relatively new scientific field investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties.


Role of Materials Science in Society

  • Materials science and engineering plays a vital role in this modern age of science and technology.
  • Various kinds of materials are used in industry, housing, agriculture, transportation, etc. to meet the plant and individual requirements.
  • The rapid developments in the field of quantum theory of solids have opened vast opportunities for better understanding and utilization of various materials.
  • The amazing success in the field of space is primarily due to the rapid advances in high-temperature and high-strength materials.

The basis of materials science involves relating the desired properties and relative performance of a material in a certain application to the structure of the atoms and phases in that material through characterization.

The major determinants of the structure of a material and thus of its properties are its constituent chemical elements and the way in which it has been processed into its final form


Classification of Materials

Common engineering materials that falls within the scope of material science and engineering may be classified into one of the following six groups:

  • Metals and alloys
  • Ceramics
  • Organic Polymers (plastics and synthetic rubbers which are termed as organic polymers)
  • Composites
  • Semi-conductors
  • Biomaterials (Leather, limestone, bone, horn, wax, wood etc. )
  • Advanced Materials

Advanced Materials

The materials that are utilized in high-technology (or high-tech) applications are sometimes called advanced materials.

By high technology we mean a device or product that operates or functions using relatively complicated and sophisticated principles; for example: electronic equipment (VCRs, CD players, etc.), computers, fiber optic systems, spacecraft, aircraft and military rocketry.

These advanced materials are typically either traditional materials whose properties have been enhanced or newly developed high performance materials.

Furthermore, advanced materials may be of all material types (e.g., metals, ceramics, polymers) and are normally relatively expensive.

Example, materials that are used for lasers, ICs, magnetic information storage, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), fiber optics, and the thermal projection system for the space shuttle orbiter.


Smart Materials: Materials for Future

The adjective “smart” implies that these materials are able to sense changes in their environments and then respond to these changes in predetermined manners.

Smart or intelligent materials related with a group of new and state-of-the art materials

Important influence on many of our latest technologies


The concept of smart materials is a complete difficult systems that consist of both smart and traditional materials.

The field of smart materials attempts to combine the sensor (that detects an input signal), actuator (that performs a responsive and adaptive function) and the control circuit on as one integrated unit.

Actuators may be called upon to change shape, position, natural frequency, or mechanical characteristics in response to changes in temperature, electric fields, and/or magnetic fields.


A biological system : The combined system of sensor, actuator and control circuit on as one IC unit, emulates

Examples of smart sensors

Microsystem technology (MST) or microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Materials/devices employed as sensors include optical fibers, piezoelectric materials (including some polymers), and MEMS.


Applications of Smart systems

Used in helicopters to reduce aero-dynamic cockpit noise that is created by the rotating rotor blades.

Piezoelectric sensors inserted into the blades to monitor blade stresses

and deformations; feedback signals from these sensors are fed into a computer controlled adaptive device, which generates noise cancelling antidose.




Discuss about some more Materials and its Basics


Level of Materials Structure:

Examination and Observation

One can examine and observe the internal structure of a material at various levels of observation. The degree of magnification required to study a material by various methods is called a measure of the level

of observation.

While considering the structures at various levels we may find it is useful to have some concept of relative sizes, and the so-called “logarithmic scale of universe” provides one method of size comparison


Material Structure

  • In recent years, the number and variety of materials, which are of particular interest to an engineer have increased tremendously. Each type of material has a specific composition possessing specific properties for a specific use. It is not possible for one to explain the properties of all types of these materials. A knowledge of the structure of the material helps students and engineers to study the properties of the material.
  • Material structure can be classified as:
  • macrostructure,
  • microstructure,
  • substructure,
  • crystal structure,
  • electronic structure
  • and
  • nuclear structure.


Macrostructure of a material is examined by low-power magnification or naked eye.

It deals with the shape, size and atomic arrangement in a crystalline material.

Macrostructure may be observed directly on a fracture surface or on a forging specimen. Macrostructure can expose defects, segregations, cracks etc. by using proper techniques and one can save much expenses by rejecting defective materials at an early stage.


(b) Micro Structure

This generally refers to the structure of the material observed under optical microscope.

Optical microscopes can magnify a structure about 1500 to 3000 times linear, without loss of resolution of details of the material structure.

We may note that optical microscopes can resolve two lines separately when their difference of separation is 10–7 m (= 0.1 m).

Cracks, porosity, non-metallic insclutions within materials can be exposed by examining them under powerful optical microscope.


(c) Sub Structure

When crystal imperfections such as displacement in a structure are to be examined, a special microscope having higher magnification and resolution than the optical microscope is used.

Electron microscope with magnifications 105 are used for this purpose.

Another important modern microscope is field ion microscope, which can produce images of individual atoms as well as defects in atomic arrangements.


d) Crystal Structure

This reveals the atomic arrangement within a crystal. X-ray diffraction techniques and electron diffraction method are commonly used for studying crystal structure. It is usually sufficient to study the arrangement of atoms within a unit cell. The crystal is formed by a very large number of unit cells forming regularly repeating patterns in space.

(e) Electronic Structure

This refers to the electrons in the outermost shells of individual atoms that form the solid. Spectroscopic techniques are commonly used for determining the electronic structure.

(f) Nuclear Structure

This is studied by nuclear spectroscopic techniques, e.g., nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).