Approved by Faculty Senate.
University Studies Course Approval
Department or Program: Engineering
Course Number: ENGR 465
Course Title: Composite Characterization Techniques
Number of Credits: 3
Catalog Description: (3 S.H.) A lecture-laboratory course. Overview of various thermal, chemical, microscopic and surface characterization techniques and their applications to composite materials. Determination of thermomechanical, viscoelastic, glass-transition temperature, melting point, and cure properties of polymer matrix composites. Determination of thermal stability and surface analysis of metal matrix composites. Emphasis on technical writing of laboratory reports. This course is one of four engineering courses that collectively satisfy 6 credits of the writing flag requirement in the University Studies Program.
This is an existing course that has previously been approved by A2C2 Yes .
This is a new course proposal No . (If this is a new course proposal, the WSU Curriculum Approval Form must also be completed as in the process prescribed by WSU Regulation 3-4.)
Department Contact Person for this course: Maryam Grami
The proposed course is designed to satisfy the requirements in (select one area only):
A. Basic Skills: B. Arts & Sciences Core:
______ 1. College Reading and Writing ______ 1. Humanities
______ 2. Oral Communication ______ 2. Natural Science
______ 3. Mathematics ______ 3. Social Science
______ 4. Physical Development and Wellness ______ 4. Fine & Performing Arts
C. Unity and Diversity: D. Flagged Courses:
1. Critical Analysis ___X_ 1. Writing
______ 2. Science and Social Policy ______ 2. Oral
______ 3. a. Global Perspectives ______ 3. a. Mathematics/ Statistics
______ b. Multicultural Perspectives ______ b. Critical Analysis
__ __ 4. a. Contemporary Citizenship
______ b. Democratic Institutions
DEPARTMENT OF ENGINEERING
ENGR 465: Composite Characterization Techniques
Instructor: Dr. Maryam E. Grami
Office: 203G ST
Tel: (507) 457- 5348
Teaching Assistant: Dawson Bausman
Tutoring hours: Mon. 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Thurs. 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. in Room 213 Stark.
Text: A Guide to Materials Characterization and Chemical Analysis
BY: John P. Sibilia VCH Publisher, New York, 1996
1. Introduction Chapter 1
2. Molecular Spectroscopy Chapter 2
- Infrared Spectroscopy
- Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy
3. X-Ray Analysis . Chapter 6
- X-ray Powder Diffraction
4. Thermal Analysis Chapter 9
- Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
- Themomechanical Analysis (TMA)
- Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
- Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA)
- Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
5. Microscopy Chapter 7
- Optical Microscopy
- Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
6. Surface Analysis Chapter 8
- Electron Beam X-ray Microanalysis (EMA)
- X-Ray Photoelectron Spectrometry (ESCA, or XPS)
1. Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FT-IR)
2. X-ray Diffraction
3. Themomechanical Analysis (TMA)
4. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA)
5. Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA)
6. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
7. Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
Mid-semester (Oct. 16, 2001): 20%
Final Exam: 20%
2. Lab Reports:
a. Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FT-IR) 5%
b. X-ray Diffraction 5%
c. Themomechanical Analysis (TMA) 5%
d. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) 5%
e. Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA) 5%
f. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) 5%
g. Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA). 5%
3. Group Presentation of an Analytical Method 5%
4. Project 10%
5. Lab Performance and Portfolio* 5%
* Portfolio: include
1. Class handouts
2. Class notes
3. Lab reports
4. Mid-semester exam
This course is designed to inform senior students about various analytical techniques that are used to characterize materials, so that a student may select the correct equipment and experimental parameters to yield the desired information.
This course is designed to satisfy the requirements in Writing Flag.
Contribution of Course to Writing Flag Requirements:
This course is a lecture-laboratory course. During the lecture hours students learn the theoretical background for the experiments they perform in the laboratory. Additionally, numerous practical examples on the wide varieties of applications for the experiments are introduced during the lecture. The course has been assigned the most recent and advanced text book on the subject matter. Several reference books are included for additional information. The laboratory activities include a total of nine experiments and a research project. Students are required to write a complete laboratory report for each experiment and a more detailed report and a presentation for their research project.
Students are required to attend the lecture hours. The reports they write include an Introduction section that covers the scientific background for the experiment. This obligates students to study the theoretical background of the experiment. In the Results and Discussion sections, students are required to implement their understanding of the background theory on analysis of the data they obtained from the experiments.
Students are provided with a handout explaining the format of the reports and the details to be included in each section of the report. The format is similar to the format of a research paper in an engineering journal.
The state-of-the-art equipment used for teaching this course includes scanning electron microscope, x-ray diffractometer, and five latest models of thermal analyses systems. As the last part of the experimental work, groups of three to four students are required to design a set experimental procedure for a research project. They need to perform a series of tests from what they learned in the laboratory to fully analyze and evaluate the effects of processing methods, environmental conditions, or various mechanical loadings on the performance of the samples they prepared. The students use MS Word, Excel and engineering graphics software to write their findings and produce professional reports.
4. Wendlandt, Thermal Analysis, Wiley, 1986.
5. Cullity, Elements of X-ray Diffraction, Addison-Wesley, 1985.
6. Abramowitz, Microscope, Basics and Beyond, Olympus Corporation, 1985.
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