MAT_SCI 391: Process Design

Quarter Offered

Fall : MWF 3-3:50 ; Chung


MAT_SCI 316-1, 316-2


As a materials scientist/engineer, you may be asked to design or improve a material to address a specific technological need. How are you going to produce it and achieve the expected properties and performance, and do so efficiently, economically and safely? Which processing variables are going to be the most significant in affecting properties and therefore must be controlled carefully, and which are less important, and require less stringent (and less costly) control? These questions are the subjects to be considered in this course. We will utilize efficient design of experiments, including full and fractional factorials, to find the importance of processing variables. Multiple property optimization will help find the best trade-offs of properties, performance, cost, etc. Additional statistics lectures will be provided for those with no background in statistics.

Relationship to Department Objectives Supports 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16

Textbook: Design and Analysis of Experiments, 8th edition, D. C. Montgomery, ISBN 978-0-470-12866-4; 6th edition or greater is acceptable.

Laboratory project Teams of 2-3 students Emphasis on process design and design and analysis of experiments