MSc Manufacturing and Welding Engineering Design

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeMDMD510
Course Unit DetailsMSc Manufacturing and Welding Engineering Design (Electives Courses) -
Number of ECTS credits allocated7
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding and critical awareness of the concepts of surface engineering
  2. Demonstrate a sound knowledge for the systematic application of alternative technologies used to fabricate coating systems.
  3. Recommend techniques used to characterise the surface and explain the principles behind their operation.
  4. Analyze complex service failure problems and determine the correct surface engineering solution by applying contact mechanics
  5. Identify appropriate testing approaches to evaluate service performance
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of why the surface treatment affects the bulk properties of the material.
  7. Select the most suitable surface engineering techniques that would give the required properties
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents

·       The surface engineering concept

-       Industrial processing and tribological problems

-       Surface engineering as a design process

·       Surface engineering processes

-       Modifying the surface without altering the chemistry

-       Modifying the surface by altering the chemistry

-       Adding a new material to the surface in the form of a coating

·       Characterization of coatings and thin films

-       Structural characterization

-       Chemical characterization

-       Thermal analysis

-       Non-destructive defect characterization

-       Tribological characterization

·       Quality control in surface engineering

·       Safety in surface engineering

·       Industrial applications of surface engineering

-       Aerospace

-       Automotive

-       Biomedical

-       Marine

-       Electrical – Electronic

-       Printing industry

-       Processing industries

·       Selection of surface engineering techniques

-       Expert systems

-       Selection philosophy

·       Laboratory demonstration work

-       Metallurgical preparation of surface coatings (Soft, ductile materials, steels, hard materials).

-       Use of optical micrographs.

Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Ramnarayan Chattopadhyay, Advanced Thermally Assisted Surface Engineering Processes, Springer, 1 edition, 2004.
  • Kenneth Budinski, Surface Engineering for Wear Resistance, Prentice Hall, 1988.
  • Michel Cartier, Handbook of Surface Treatments and Coatings, Tribology in Practice series, Series editors: M.J. Neale, T.A. Polak and M. Priest, Engineering Professional Publishing, 2003.
  • BG Mellor, Surface coatings for protection against wear, Woodhead Publishing, 2006.
  • J.R. Davis, Surface Hardening of Steels: Understanding the Basics, ASM International, 2003
  • Swaraj Paul, Surface Coatings: Science and Technology, 2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2001
  • Sudipta Seal et al, Surface Engineering in Materials Science I, Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, 1985
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The taught part of course is delivered to the students by means of lectures, conducted with the help of computer presentations. Lecture notes and presentations are available through the web for students to use in combination with the textbooks. Furthermore theoretical principles are explained by means of specific examples and solution of specific problems.

Lectures are supplemented with laboratory demonstration work.
Assessment methods and criteria
Final Exam40%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO