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MSE 3300 MATERIALS SCIENCE (3-0) Physical, mechanical, electrical, optical, magnetic, thermal and chemical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, composites, and aggregates and the relationships between these properties and the electronic, crystal, micro and macro-structures of the materials. Prerequisites: CHEM 1442 or CHEM 1465; PHYS 1444.

MSE 3324 STRUCTURE & MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS (3-0) Crystal structure and defects in materials. Diffusion, phase diagrams and phase transformations in metalic systems. The inter relationships between processing, structure, and properties of engineering materials with emphasis on the mechanical behavior of metals, polymers, and composite materials. Prerequisites: C or better in each of the following: CHEM 1465, MAE 2312 (or concurrent enrollment), and PHYS 1444.

MSE 4191 ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (1-0) The investigation of special individual problems in materials science and engineering under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of the head of the department.

MSE 4291 ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (2-0) The investigation of special individual problems in materials science and engineering under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of the head of the department.

MSE 4310 POLYMER MATERIALS SCIENCE (3-0) Intermolecular forces of attraction in high polymers, polymer synthesis, morphology and order in crystalline polymers, mechanics of amorphous polymers, time-dependent mechanical behavior, transitional phenomena, mechanical behavior of semicrystalline polymers. Prerequisite: MSE 3300 or MAE 2321.

MSE 4315 INTRODUCTION TO COMPOSITES (3-0) Composite classification, laminate coding, fabrication, processing and properties of composite laminates, point stress analysis and failure prediction of composite laminates, material allowable, issues in composite structural design. Also offered as MAE 4315. Prerequisite: MAE 1312 and MAE 2312; plus one of MSE 3300 or MSE 3324 or MAE 3324; and one of MAE 2322 or CE 2311.

MSE 4320 NANOSCALE MATERIALS (3-0) Introduction to the synthesis and characterization of nano-materials. Fundamental concepts of surface physics and chemistry. Survey of electronic, biological and biomedical applications. The materials presented include semiconductor and metal thin films, nanoparticles and nanowires, carbon fullerenes and nanotubes, and organic nanoparticles. Prerequisite: MSE 3300 or MSE 2321.

MSE 4336 ADVANCED MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF MATERIALS (3-0) Concept of stress and strain, theory of plasticity; elementary dislocation theory. Deformation of single crystals; strengthening mechanisms like solid solution strengthening, and precipitation hardening. Fracture mechanics; microscopic aspects of fracture, fatigue, and creep of materials; design and processing of materials for improved mechanical properties. Also offered as MAE 4336. Prerequisite: MSE 3324 or MAE 3324; MAE 2312.

MSE 4337 FATIGUE OF ENGINEERING MATERIALS (3-0) Cyclic deformation, fatigue crack initiation and growth in ductile solids. Application of fracture mechanics to fatigue. Mechanisms of crack closure. Variable and multiaxial fatigue and corrosion fatigue. Fatigue of brittle solids. Prerequisite: MSE 3324 or MAE 3324.

MSE 4338 FAILURE ANALYSIS (2-3) Theory and practice of techniques for determining modes of failure and fracture of engineering materials. Also offered as MAE 4338. Prerequisite: MSE 3324 or MAE 3324.

MSE 4339 FRACTURE MECHANICS (3-0) Theory and applications of fracture mechanics. Stress analysis of cracks, crack-tip plasticity, fatigue crack growth, and stress corrosion cracking. Applicability to materials selection, structural design, failure analysis, and structural reliability. Also offered as MAE 4339. Prerequisite: MSE 3324 or MAE 3324; MAE 2312.

MSE 4390 SPECIAL TOPICS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (3-0) Special topics pertinent to the field of materials science and engineering, such as electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials, will vary from semester to semester depending on the availability of faculty. May be repeated, provided that topics are different. Prerequisite: prior approval by the MSE undergraduate advisor.

MSE 4391 ADVANCED PROBLEMS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (3-0) The investigation of special individual problems in materials science and engineering under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of the head of the department.

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