MEEN3004W Materials 2

Academic Year 2024/2025

Materials 2 is an intermediate-level material module that will cover basic principles of the phase diagram of metals, microstructure development and mechanical properties, thermal processing of metal alloys, non-ferrous alloys, polymer/composite materials, and broad content of corrosion and degradation of materials. This module will also cover significant metal degradation processes and corrosion. Importantly, the material selection and design consideration will be discussed.

Two labs on materials microstructure characterization and material selection will be carried out. The labs are carried out with reference to current School Health and Safety protocols. Students should follow these during all laboratory activities. Further information is available at and within the Brightspace resources for this module.

The EDI principle will be applied in teaching & learning for a variety of activities including data sharing, lecture slides preparation, teamwork and assessment. The group assignment will be made available to teams with options of self-enrolment and automatic allocation. Groups are free to choose their assignment topic under defined guidelines. Team communication will be guided via Brightspace and in-person discussion.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the principle of phase transition of metals and the microstructure and properties of low carbon steels and alloys
2. Explain the major forms of corrosion and the environment in which they occur
3. Select suitable thermal processing processes for metals in manufacturing
4. Analyse corrosion mechanisms of metals and polymers, and design for corrosion prevention
5. Specify appropriate materials for a given application from a range of metals, polymers and composites

Indicative Module Content:

1. Phase diagrams
2. Phase transformations in metals
3. Thermal processing of metal alloys
4. Metal alloy
5. Polymer structures
6. Characterization, applications and processing of polymers
7. Composites
8. Corrosion and degradation of materials
9. Materials selection and design consideration

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Small Group






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
-active/task-based learning
-lab work
-problem-based learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Additional Information:
This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): Final exam End of trimester
2 hr(s)
Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment(Including Essay): Group assignment Week 12 Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Practical Skills Assessment: Two labs Week 14 Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Qi Bian Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Zhen Wang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
zhen wang Lecturer / Co-Lecturer