Understanding the science behind materials is a valuable skill for engineers. Choosing the right material for a particular application can improve the performance of a product, make it more sustainable or even give it a competitive edge. The materials paradigm is an important relationship which helps explain how a material’s history (its processing) influences its structure, which in turn affects its properties and performance. Grasping these fundamental aspects is a useful skill that students should learn but in introductory courses, where competition for curriculum space is high, how can we engage students in the topic of materials science and engineering?
The 2019 release of CES EduPack sees the introduction of a new Materials Science and Engineering (MS&E) Edition which has been designed to support beginner-level materials courses.
Tricky topics, like the Lever Rule, find support from an Interactive Phase Diagram Tool which visually guides students through the problem. Cooling paths for three of the main binary systems help illustrate the change in microstructure and an accompanying glossary graphically defines new terminology e.g. eutectic point. To understand how properties can be manipulated, the effects of heat treatment, solid solution strengthening and precipitation hardening (amongst other techniques) can also be investigated through Property-Process Profiles.
“The Phase Diagram Tool is an extremely valuable interactive simulation that effectively demonstrates, to users, the interpretation of phase diagrams and how this information may be applied to understanding the development of microstructure.” – Bill Callister
To reflect the diversifying nature of the discipline, the MS&E Edition also contains a broader range of materials including data on biological materials, functional materials and natural fibers. Now it is easy to make a materials selection which compares traditional engineering materials to more specialized ones.
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