This course is for scientists and engineers trained in their own disciplines and now needing understanding of the concepts and practices employed in the science and technology of advanced materials. Metals, ceramics, polymers and composite materials are all studied. The course shows that the behaviour of materials is directly linked to their fundamental structures, and how structures and hence properties may be altered through processing. Properties, processing, design and environmental protection and degradation are considered. Case studies in materials selection are included and some examples of state-of-the-art applications of novel materials are given. Advanced techniques available for materials characterisation are also introduced.

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