MEEN41150 Advanced Metals Processing

Academic Year 2023/2024

A detailed study of the deep links between the properties of metallic alloys and their processing routes, with a concentration on near net shape processes. The evolution of microstructure is the bridge between the process and the properties, and thus performance, of the engineering component. Applications are in automotive, aerospace, energy and biomedical fields. The fundamental science of alloy solidification and plastic deformation will be studied. Solidification processing, including in additive manufacturing (3D printing) of alloys, will be covered, along with studies of metal forming processes such as rolling or deep drawing.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module students should
- link processing routes – solidification or plastic deformation – to evolving microstructure in metals
- appreciate the resultant link between metals processing and their properties
- design and select processes to engineer properties into alloys
- know how to interpret phase diagrams and how they can be used to understand alloy solidification and other phase transformations
- be able to apply solidification science to relevant manufacturing processes such as casting, welding and additive manufacturing
- develop knowledge of the fundamentals of plasticity in metals and how it can be harnessed in simultaneously changing shape and enhancing properties.
- have the ability to take friction into account in analysing metal forming processes
- be equipped to specify and design near net shape manufacturing routes for applications in a broad range of engineering sectors
- be confident and equipped to start a career in this field.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction to near net shape manufacturing.
Fundamentals of alloy solidification.
Advanced casting, welding and additive manufacturing processes.
Plastic deformation of metals.
Selection and detailed design of metal forming processes.
Case studies from commercial applications.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Laboratory-based assignments 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: Laboratory Exercises Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Examination: End of term exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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- S. Kalpakjian and S. Schmid, Manufacturing Engineering and Technology, SI Edition, 7th Ed. 2014

- W. Kurz and D. Fisher, Fundamentals of Solidification, Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

- J. Campbell, Castings, Butterworth-Heinemann, London, 1991
(2nd edition, 2003, is available as e-book online from UCD Library catalogue)
Name Role
Dr Mert Celikin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Hyeonseok Kim Tutor