units

MEC4802

Faculty of Engineering

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Pooria Pasbakhsh

Notes

Recommended reading:

  • Green Nanotechnology: Solutions for Sustainability and Energy in the Built Environment, Geoffrey B. Smith, Claes-Goran S. Granqvist, 2010, CRC Press.

  • Nanomaterials, Nanotechnologies and Design: An Introduction for Engineers and ArchitectsDaniel L. Schodek, Paulo Ferreira, Michael F. Ashby, Butterworth-Heinemann, Mar 24, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 560 pages

  • Sustainable Preparation of Metal Nanoparticles; Editor(s):Rafael Luque, Rajender S Varma, 2013, ISBN: 978-1-84973-428-8

Synopsis

Sustainable engineering and design with nanomaterials explores the selection, design and characterizing of nanomaterials in developing sustainable engineering solutions that are verified using the life cycle assessment tool to enable students to design nanomaterials which are beneficial to the social and economic advancement. Examples include mineral nanotubes, titanium dioxide nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, polymer nanocomposites, and bionanocomposites. The ability to design nanomaterials are developed through an appreciation of the theory and working principles of various preparation methods and characterization techniques.

Outcomes

The unit aims to develop an in-depth understanding towards designing and characterising nano-structured materials such as polymer nanocomposites and bionanocomposites. This unit also develops the knowledge and skills for sustainable engineering with nanomaterials as measured using the life cycle assessment. This unit involves an experimental project where students would be guided on how to design, prepare and characterise the composites materials using advance material preparation and analytical equipment.

At the completion of this unit, student should be able to:

  • Describe various properties of natural and synthetic nanomaterials and to be able to relate their structure-property to the processing and performance requirements for sustainable engineering
  • Select and design nanomaterials for use in engineering applications that lead to improvements in their lifecycle analysis
  • Reproduce and design nanomaterials by electrospinning and chemical processing methods
  • Analyse the morphological and structural properties of nanomaterials characterised by scanning electron microscopy, X-Ray diffraction analysis, atomic force microscopy and instrumented impact tester

Assessment

Practical projects: 40%
Mid-semester test: 10%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours practical/laboratory classes and 7 hours of private study per week.

Prerequisites

Co-requisites

None

Prohibitions

None