3.6 Educational information
In the world of academic research adjacent universities with similar aims and
directions in their research can amalgamate to integrate their work and efforts.
For example, the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Polymer Science and
Technology, which is a consortium of polymer research groups in the Universities of
Leeds, Bradford and Durham, combining expertise in polymer chemistry, physics and
engineering. The IRC expertise is boosted by close collaboration with industry and
Many materials associations as well as major companies within a branch provide
basic, educational information on "their" materials characteristics, processing
details, applications, and recent developments in technology, etc., which is
informative reading material for people outside the business.
What is to be found on the web sites of materials science and engineering
departments are presentations of the current, either completed or ongoing, research
projects, more or less closely described by different departments, and with contacts
for further info and in many cases literature references pertaining to the work. In
the case with projects still running, which is the most usual since these efforts
often span over a long period of time, say 1 to 6 years, the current situation and
planned outlines for continuous work is presented. Research plans, however, change
fairly rapidly as they constantly evolve.
A typical site of a university department offers the following: information
about the department, on the research fields and general info on the direction and
aims with the research, projects being carried out at different branches of the
department, courses running and upcoming, post graduate examination, special
equipment being used, and finally news, events and contact info.
Virtual textbooks appear at some places. For example, the Polymer Building is
a project to enhance polymer education using hypertext technology to link together
the basics of polymer science. These reading materials are often introductory and
not targeted at professionals, although they may find it useful as a reference,
Graphical visualization modules based on animations, simulations, renderings and
digitized video clips combined with representative exercises and tutorial
explanations are intended to supplement the textbook, lectures, homework, lab
experiments and other activities that constitute a typical course. The use of
visual aids both in lectures and student self-paced study have resultated in higher
levels of enthusiasm, better class attendance, and better student performance as
reported by people at North Carolina State University, home of the Internet
accessible package "Visualizations in Material Science". By allowing students to
enter values for variables, substitute variables by clicking and dragging, and solve
or plot equations easily, it is intended to focus attention on the meaning and
methods involved in the problems rather than on the details of the solutions, where
most of the annoying mistakes are generally made and which can obscure the more
important aspects of learning.
The San Diego State University´s CeramicsWeb is an experimental web site for
ceramics. It includes databases of glaze recipes and material analyses, links to
other ceramics web sites, health and safety information, and a variety of
educational materials related to ceramics.
CorCon, C. de Waard Materials and Corrosion
Tutorial: Metallic corrosion and its control (this link). Answers questions like:
how does metals corrode, what causes it, what can you do about it? Different types
of corrosive attack on metals are described. Useful links for materials and
MATEDS - Numerical database
The Royal Institute of Technology, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering,
MAterials Technology EDucation System is a materials property databank for
aluminium alloys with information adapted to engineering applications. Data exists
for mechanical, physical and thermal properties as well as for technological
properties related to formability, joining, corrosion resistance, etc. The system
offers flexibility in the way search criteria can be entered and also in data
presentation modes which heavily rely on graphics.
Conventional semi-systematic materials selection methods are available, as well
as systematic methods including pre-selection, discriminating search and
MATEDS has been used extensively in university education and for industrial
applications since 1988. Copyrights: Skanaluminium (EAA).
Material Safety Data Sheets, Univ. of Utah
The intended purpose of this database is to provide access to students and teachers
as a learning/teaching tool. Chemical compounds.
Intro to Polymers, Univ. of Missouri-Rolla
The Polymer Building is a project to enhance polymer education using hypertext
technology to link together the basics of polymer science. Includes Polymer and
Coatings Science, and Polymer Chemistry. The latter comprehends adhesion, coatings,
mechanical properties, molecular weight, polymer solutions, time-temperature
superposition and viscosity. (There are keyword search functions to take you to a
link about a topic).
for the WWW
People at the University of California at Berkeley have created this database. It
allows users to enter desired polymer properties and then performs a query in the
database. The program demands a Java-capable browser.
A short introduction to polymers is also included, which treats polymer
structure and classification, polymer synthesis, and transitions in polymers.
Powder Metallurgy process
This is a review of the PM process, and describes recent developments in production
technology and PM applications. It is provided by the European Powder Metallurgy
Visualizations in Materials Science, North Carolina State Univ.
This teaching and study supplement provides an interactive environment where the
student can access a variety of computer graphics, simulations, videoclips,
problem solutions and so forth. Online.
I have here listed a few universities. All academic instances can by no means be
covered. The universities that I have listed are not meant to be the most respected
or influential. They are merely examples belonging to a great number of material
departments whose main directions in education and research can vary considerably.
Imperial College, Dept. of Materials London
This department holds the Center for High Temperature Superconductivity. There are
many links to other superconductivity-sites here.
Internet Resources in Materials includes links to web sites, electronic
journals and newsletters.
K.U. Leuven, Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering (MTM)
A Belgian center for education and research in materials engineering. MTM is
dedicated to both fundamental and application-oriented research in metals, ceramics,
polymers and composite materials.
The University of Liverpool, Dept. of Materials Science & Engineering
As an online service comes the electronic requesting form regarding information on
current research projects and publications. The department's research falls loosely
into materials groupings which cover the general areas of metals, polymers and
composites, semiconductors and catalysts. Within each area there is a broad spectrum
The Department is the centre for the MATTER consortium which is aimed to
develop MATerials Teaching Educational Resources, primarily computer software.
All English universities offering single-subjet Materials degrees are members of
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Dept. of Materials Science and
Their webserver has a Table of fundamental physical constants (140 items). The data
is from the 1986 CODATA recommended values. The same data is also available from
The World of Materials, is a brief lecture about metals, ceramics, polymers and
semiconductors. Their respective structures.
Mechanical properties of some materials are given (metals, ceramics, polymers,
composites; Cermets, CFRP- and GFRP Laminate, natural; bone, cork, spruce). It
includes Young’s modulus, shear modulus, Poisson’s ratio, yield stress, ultimate
tensile strength, fracture toughness, cost, density, and thermal expansion. This
page is no longer supported.
3.7 Information on Organizations
Societies are acting for networking, local promotion and international unity.
These, as well as organizations involved with materials and materials science in
general, have seldom anything to offer through direct access for the materials
engineer searching the Internet for materials information. Benefits lie in
membership with opportunities to shape the policy, programming, and publications of
the society. Membership also entails benefits such as networking through association
events, meetings, member directories and information exchanges. More commercially
directed associations have additional advantages reserved for their members, e.g.
newsletters with news, trend information, research and commentary, they are providing
management assistance and support to members, as well as technical advice and
"know-how" direct or through networking with individuals who possess the right
Lists of publications and different means of assistance offered by materials
organizations; software, databases and other electronic products can of course be
of major interest. Contact for further, detailed information is required. In some
more specified areas like for instance software for corrosion prevention,
demonstration demo versions are sometimes available online, or as an alternative
to order free of charge.
Examples of materials organizations and societies are; ASM International, the
Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), and the Materials Research Society.
3.8 Government Sources
Most of the locations found under "Government" in link directories originate from
United States government sources. These are national resources often with military
interests. The procured, evaluated information and engineering data are also used to
support the domestic manufacturing industry via Internet-based knowledge bases. The
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has Information Analysis Centers which support its
program management in improving the productivity of the Defense RDT&E (Research,
Development, Technology and Engineering) Communities scientific and engineering
personnel. Those affected in the U.S. receive access to information on work being
done for DoD, published papers, and other projects, as well as detailed overview and
news in advanced materials and their applications.
One of these centers is sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center and
operated by Purdue University. At this centre evaluated information and engineering
data on materials and materials technology are disseminated. The materials program
includes metals, ceramics, metal matrix composites, and high temperature materials.
The National Center for Excellence in Metalworking Technology (NCEMT)
This is a national resource in the USA for the improvment of the civil-military
industrial base, working with the application of conventional and advanced materials
in Department of Defense (DOD) and commercial engineering systems.
Knowledge Bases for powder metallurgy materials, their mechanical and physical
properties, for porous materials, and on metalforming characteristics, have been
made available to the domestic manufacturing industry.
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