Intro to MSE - Thermal and Optical Properties

Title: Intro to MSE - Thermal and Optical Properties

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 Thermal and Optical properties of all Material Classifications.

The expected student outcomes for this project are as follows:

1. Students will explore Specific Heat Capacity and will understand differences across all Material Classifications, including the range of Specific Heat Capacity values. Students will compare Specific Heat Capacity and Specific Gravity to discover Specific Heat Capacity values fundamentally.

2. Students will be able to articulate ranges for Thermal Conductivity and understand the property fundamentally. Students will be able to select a material for a thermal insulator. Students will be able to select a material for a stove top pot and justify their choice.

3. Students will be able to articulate the values for the Thermal Expansion Coefficient among Material Classifications, be able to understand the property fundamentally, and select a material for an application that resists thermal expansion.

4. Students will be able to articulate the range of Thermal Diffusivity for all Material Classifications and be able to understand fundamentally the relationship between Thermal Diffusivity and Thermal Conductivity.

5. Students will understand the range of values for the Refractive Index and be able to select a material which is transparent and a good thermal insulator.

6. Students will understand the range of values for the Reflectance for all Material Classifications and be able to select an application where a high reflectance value is needed.