Intro to MSE - Composites

Title: Intro to MSE - Composites

Contributor: Kathleen Kitto , Professor Emeritus, Engineering and Design Department, Western Washington University

Published Date: 7/31/2018

Content Type: Datavis_project

Description:

This DataVis project is part of a series of 10 projects designed for an Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering course. Students should download the project document below and then access the project in DataVis to complete the project.

This project focuses on the Material Classification of Composites as well as some Advanced Materials. In this project, certain physical and mechanical properties of commonly used Composites are explored.

The student learning outcomes for this project are as follows:

1. Students will understand the range of values for the Yield Strength in Tension for Composites. Students will be able to understand the differences between Yield Strength in Tension and Specific Gravity as compared to other Material Classifications, especially Metals.

2. Students will be able to understand the stiffness in Tension (the Elastic Modulus) for Composites as compared to other Material Classifications, especially Metals.

3. Students will explore the Relative Hardness for Synthetic Composites as compared to Polymers. Students will be able to choose a Synthetic Composite with a Relative Hardness similar to certain Polymers.

4. Students will differentiate between the Fracture Toughness of Composites and Metals.

5. Students will be able to understand the Yield Strength in Tension and the Elastic Modulus in Tension for all Material Classifications for material substitutions.

6. Students will be able to justify why Synthetic Composites are replacing certain other materials in applications. Students will select an application where this is true and justify their response including Cost.