Engineering Studies – P1 Fundamental Engineering – Materials and Manufacturing
This topic introduces metals, both ferrous and non-ferrous categories. The key concepts relate to the structures found in metals, definitions of metal categories and the applications of alloyed metals.
- Identifying and describing metals
- ferrous metals including mild steels
- non-ferrous metals including copper, brass, bronze and aluminium
- Definition of a Ferrous Metal
- Examples of Ferrous Alloys
- Structures seen in common ferrous metals such as mild steel.
- Definition of a Non-Ferrous Metal
- Examples of Non-Ferrous metals and alloys.
- Structures seen in common non-ferrous metals such as copper, brass, and aluminium.
- What bonding and structure defines a metal?
- How are metal structures best illustrated in a microstructure?
- What are the two common categories of metals?
- Explain why steel is the most used metal.
- Explain why ferrous metals have preferred applications.
- Describe applications that commonly use ferrous metals.
- Describe ways of separating ferrous and non-ferrous scrap.
- Describe common FCC, BCC structures in ferrous metal.
- Explain reasons why both ferrous metals have preferred applications.
- Describe the atomic structure of a ferrous metals such as copper – the metallic bond, crystal structure, grain structure.
- What is the difference between crystals and grains?
- Explain how alloying often improves certain properties over the properties of each ‘parent’ metal.