Course Name and number

Materials Engineering
MET 470
Sections 1,2 & 3
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Robert J. Michael, PhD, PE
Office #: 898-6192
Office: 230 Burke
Fall 2013
M: 5:00 – 6:00 pm, W and F: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Others by appointment
Course Title: Materials Engineering, Required Course
All Sections Meet: T and R, 5:00 – 5:50 pm, 106 Burke
Lab Schedule:
Section 1: M, 7:30 pm – 9:20 pm, 011 Burke
Section 2: M, 10:10 am – 12:00 pm, 015 Burke
Section 3: M, 2:30 pm – 4:20 pm, 015 Burke
Course Description: This senior level course compliments an earlier materials and manufacturing
course, but is directed on materials & “design” rather than materials and “manufacturing processes”.
Metals, Polymers and Ceramics are studied for their material design properties. Corrosion and forensic
engineering are introduced and finally, The ASHBY selection technique using Cambridge Engineering
Selection [CES] software is practiced and its design indices are derived and used.
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 110 , CHEM 111 , MET 320
Textbook: Engineering Materials, Properties and Selection, 9th Edition, Budinski and Budinski, Prentice
Hall (ISBN-13:978-0-13-712842-6)
Course Objectives: See attachment
Class Schedule: See URL:
Course Grade Distribution:
Two Exams (Equally Weighted)
Projects, Labs & Quizzes
Final Exam
Grading Scale:
Materials Engineering
MET 470
Relationship of course to program outcomes: MET 470 contributes to the following
baccalaureate degree program outcomes:
[1] Students should be able to identify, analyze and solve technical problems in the areas of
materials, manufacturing processes, mechanics, strength of materials, and in the fluid and
thermal sciences.
[2] Students should be able to use the appropriate computer technologies during the solution of
applied engineering problems.
[4] Students should be able to plan and conduct experimental measurements using modern test
and data acquisition equipment and be able to analyze and interpret the results.
[5] Students should be able to identify and use appropriate methods to validate solutions to
engineering problems.
Attendance Policy: “A student should attend every class for which the student is scheduled
and should be held responsible for all work covered in the courses taken." Students who fail to
attend will not generally be allowed to make up quizzes or exams unless a prior arrangement
has been made. Absences such as athletics travel notice, ROTC notice, family emergencies,
etc., must be supported by written documentation prior to class. Note that in case of illness the
student is responsible to notify the instructor before the class begins and to show evidence that
medical attention was obtained. (See Policies and Rules for Students on the PSU website at
Makeup Policy: Quizzes will be made up only if the makeup is arranged before the scheduled
quiz period, and only in the case of an excused emergency.
Homework Policy: No late homework will be accepted, from any person for any reason.
Homework collection will be announced at least one class period in advance. Some class time
between the announcement and the collection will be used to answer questions on the
homework. Homework collection will be at the beginning of class for which it is announced.
For assignments labeled as ‘homework’, collaboration is allowed. For assignments labeled as
‘quiz’, whether they be in-class or take-home, collaboration is not allowed and any evidence of
such will be treated as academic dishonesty.
Academic Integrity: Penn State Erie puts a very high value on academic integrity, and
violations are not tolerated. Academic integrity is one of Penn State’s four principles to which all
students must abide. Any violation of academic integrity will receive academic and possible
disciplinary sanctions, including the possible awarding of an XF grade which is recorded on the
transcript and states that failure of the course was due to an act of academic dishonesty. All
acts of academic dishonesty are recorded so repeat offenders can be sanctioned accordingly.
Students are encouraged to review more information on academic integrity which can be found
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Note to students with disabilities: Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the
University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for modifications or
reasonable accommodations in this course, contact the Disability Specialist in the Office of
Student Affairs, Room 115 Reed Union Building, 898-6111.
MET 470 Goals/Objectives:
After completing this course the student should be able to:
1) Perform material selection for various families of materials including polymers, metals, and ceramics.
Understand basic concepts of advanced material issues such as corrosion and forensic analysis.
2) To continue the sequence of courses that provide you a good foundation and basics in common
mechanical engineering materials to use for life long learning in material properties and material
responses to applications.
3) To prepare you to communicate effectively with a material specialist like a chemist, material scientist,
polymer scientist, metallurgist, etc.
4) Study advanced topics in the design component of material properties to augment previous courses
in the manufacturing processes (IET 101, 215, 216), and the shape and size courses (MCHT 213,
5) To study an advanced computer technique for searches and selection of modern materials. To
perform advanced searches using material indices and various material filters.
6) To continue the mission identified by MET advisory board for graduates to have a strong material and
strength of materials background.
7) Prepare graduates for passing the material science portion of both FE and PE exam.