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MatSci 155 - Mechanical Behavior and Design Principles - Summer 2020: Home


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Literature Reviews

You may find this very quick blog post helpful as you plan your literature review.  It goes over what to include, how to conduct a search and finally to synthesize in an essay, paper or submission.  Check out this link.

Welcome & Introduction

This course links the mechanical behavior of structures and materials.  Various materials will be used as examples including metals, ceramics, polymers and you will have a chance to investigate how their properties interact to cause elastic and plastic deformation, fatigue and fracturing.  This Course Guide will introduce you to some resources that you can consult remotely in digital formats that will help you explore these properties and materials and what they can and cannot perform.  They will ideally be available for your Group Project. 

A point of departure for you is the Research Guide for Materials Science which is contained in a snapshot herein.

Each project will be different but you will get exposure to understanding and developing:

  • engineering best practices and theory
  • basic science that supports the materials application, materials design or materials mechanical behavior
  • identifies a review paper
  • identifies a peer-reviewed paper on mechanical behavior (elastic, plastic, fatigue, creep, or fracture)
  • use bibliographic citation methods to find how articles are cited (backwards & forwards- examples are cited references vs times cited)
  • creating ninteractive discussion document - where questions can be posed
  • presentation skills - by developing a presentation to class (powerpoint based on a template)
  • learning about patent literature
  • engineering and business standards


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Julia Gelfand
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