MEEN4005W Automotive Materials

Academic Year 2024/2025

The Automotive Material module is an advanced course focusing on cutting-edge materials and technologies for automotive applications. It will cover a range of topics including:

Advanced metal-forming technologies
Nanostructured steel for automotive body structures
Aluminium sheets for automotive applications
High-pressure die-cast (HPDC) aluminium alloys
Magnesium alloys for lightweight powertrains and automotive bodies
Polymer and composite moulding technologies
Advanced automotive body structures and closures
Advanced materials and technologies for reducing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH)
Material recycling and joining for automotive components
As part of the module, students will engage in a group project on material discovery and demonstration relevant to advanced automotive engineering.

The principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) will be integral to the teaching and learning process, influencing activities such as data sharing, lecture slide preparation, teamwork, and assessments. Group assignments will be offered with options for self-enrolment or automatic allocation. Teams will have the freedom to choose their assignment topics within defined guidelines. Communication within teams will be facilitated through Brightspace and in-person discussions.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Understanding Advanced Metal-Forming Technologies: Students will demonstrate knowledge of advanced metal-forming techniques used in automotive applications, including their benefits and limitations.

Utilization of Aluminium Sheets: Students will analyze the use of aluminium sheets in automotive applications, understanding their role in enhancing vehicle performance and fuel efficiency.

Mastery of Polymer and Composite Moulding Technologies: Students will illustrate the processes and benefits of polymer and composite moulding technologies in automotive manufacturing.

Reduction of Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH): Students will identify and apply advanced materials and technologies to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness in automobiles.

Material Recycling and Joining Techniques: Students will understand and implement recycling and joining techniques for automotive components, promoting sustainability and efficiency in automotive manufacturing.

Indicative Module Content:

Advanced materials for automotive applications: an overview

Advanced metal-forming technologies for automotive applications

Nanostructured steel for automotive body structures

Aluminium sheet for automotive applications

High-pressure die-cast (HPDC) aluminium alloys for automotive applications

Magnesium alloys for lightweight powertrains and automotive bodies

Polymer and composite moulding technologies for automotive applications

Advanced automotive body structures and closures

Advanced materials and technologies for reducing noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) in automobiles

Recycling of materials in automotive engineering

Joining technologies for automotive components

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

24

Small Group

48

Autonomous Student Learning

30

Total

102

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and group assignment 
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
Group Work Assignment: Group assignment Week 12 Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No

30

No
Exam (In-person): Final exam End of trimester
Duration:
2 hr(s)
Standard conversion grade scale 40% No

70

No

Carry forward of passed components
No
 
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

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