MAT_SCI 318: Materials Selection

Quarter Offered

Spring : TTh 2:00 ; Emery


MatSci 201 or equivalent


  • Materials Structure, Properties, and Performance.
  • Design, identification of performance criteria, selection decisions.
  • Mechanical behavior of manufactured articles. Performance Efficiency formalisms; materials charts; sources of data.
  • Selections for structural articles; metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites.
  • Selections for coatings and surface treatments. Selection for electronic and optical articles. Materials Degradation; Failure analysis

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, a student should:

  1. Be able to specify performance requirements of a desired material and the process for making it, in the context of a given application.
  2. Be able to analyze quantitatively the Performance Efficiency relationships for an article.
  3. Be able to identify appropriate materials based on required physical and chemical properties.
  4. Be able to take into account collateral performance requirement to ensure proper materials selection.

Relationship to Department Objectives

Supports 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16

Textbook: There is no required textbook. CES EduPack materials selection software will be provided to all registrants.