MS3110 Properties and Failure of Functional Materials

The fundamental physical properties of materials will be presented in terms of intrinsic atomic bonding, theoretical crystalline structure, and defects that yield specific properties. Control and design of defects can yield functional properties and behavior for specific applications. Diffusion and its effect on properties and behavior, including mechanical and thermal behavior are covered. A significant portion of the course will focus on understanding the effects of intrinsic defects and properties on failure. Identifying the cause and mechanisms of failure analysis is an emphasis of the course, naturally leading to methods for failure prevention relevant to DoD and DoN assets. The electronic properties of functional materials are discussed, again with an emphasis on the understanding and exploitation of defects for acquiring desirable functional properties for specific defense and naval applications such as energy storage and delivery technologies.


Students should have an understanding of concepts from undergraduate-level chemistry, physics, and calculus courses.

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  • As Required