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MET 2151 Material Science

Terminology, designations of metals and the relationship among the properties of metals, the environment and heat treatment processes. Selecting and testing materials. Factors related to the selection of nonmetallic materials and the relationship between the nature of the materials and their properties. Thermoplastics, thermosetting, ceramics, composites and glasses are included. Three classroom, two lab hours per week.

Division: Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Department: Mechanical Engineering Technology
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: MET 1231 


  • Identify common polymers and their applications.
  • Analyze and select engineering materials to highlight advantages and limitations that might limit the selection of each for the use with a given manufacturing process. Select metallic materials to meet customer requirements for a particular product. Use appropriate references to locate material properties.
  • Apply the following concepts in the selection of an appropriate non-metallic material (directionality, fatigue, strength to weight ratio, ductile to brittle transition, impact temperature and moisture resistance, resiliency, elongation, thermal conductivity, and electrical conductivity) given the operating environment.
  • Measure the mechanical properties of paper and polymers.
  • Describe how the structures and properties of selected metallic materials are related to performance in terms of strength, stiffness, ductility, toughness, hardness, and density.
  • Perform experiments on various steels to determine the impact of different carbon levels and quenches on the properties.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of "cradle-to-grave" environmental issues.

Credit Hours: 4

Classroom Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 3