Engineering Materials Laboratory

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The Engineering Materials (EM) Laboratory provides students with opportunities to learn important concepts in materials science through experimentation. Students learn how to measure and modify material properties, and perform activities to clarify important concepts. Typically, topics covered are directly relevant to manufacturing processes or product design.

The lab is utilized principally by students in Engineering Materials (MME 223). However, the lab is available to students in other courses as well. Student learning from lab experiences is integrated with subsequent learning of other engineering topics such as manufacturing processes. The lab equipment is also used in myriad research activities being undertaken by MME faculty and students.

The laboratory equipment enables measurement of elastic and plastic, viscoelastic, viscous, thermal, and fatigue properties. Thermal processes for improving material properties can also be carried out. Student learning from lab equipment enables the visualization of important materials science concepts.