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IME 6560 - Material Selection and Processing

Catalog Description:

Properties of metals, ceramics, polymers, wood, and composites. Factors in selection of materials and their fabrication process. Failure mechanisms and prevention.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: Prerequisite: An introductory course in engineering materials or permission of instructor.

Credits: 3 hrs.

Notes: Open to Graduate Students Only.

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (3-0)

Prerequisites by Topic:

  1. Ability to machine materials (test samples) using various machining processes
    (IME 2540 – Machining Processes)
  2. Understanding of the relationship between process variables.  (IME 2540)
  3. Familiarity with stress-strain behavior.  (IME 2810 - Statics & Strength of Materials)
  4. Knowledge of mechanical and physical properties of materials. 
    (ME 2500 or MSE 2540 – Material Science I)

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the role of economics in the material selection..  (a & f)
  2. Understand the role of availability in the material selection.  (a & f)
  3. Understand the role of process in the material selection.  (a & f)
    1. Survey appropriate industrial processes and systems.
  4. Understand the role of material properties in the material selection.  (j)
  5. Survey A.S.T.M. for appropriate mechanical, thermal, electrical, chemical, and physical property standards.
  6. Understand the environmental consequence in the material and process selection.  (j)
  7. Understand the safety and health issues in material and process selection.  (i)

Letter in parenthesis refers to ABET EAC Criterion 3 / TAC Criterion 2, categories a – k.

Performance Criteria:

Objective 1

  • Review the current literature in the field of material and process selection. [5]
  • Identify the technical aspects of the cast metals industry. [1-9]

Objective 2

  • Identify quality issues related to material selection. [3,6,7,9]
  • Identify the major processing parameters related to a given process. [6-9]

Objective 3

  • Demonstrate the safe operation of processing equipment. [6-9]
  • To perform standardized testing procedures used in industry. [7,8]

Numbers in brackets refer to the method of evaluation as listed in Evaluation.


Engineering Materials Properties & Selection, Seventh Edition by Kenneth G.
Budinski & Michael K. Budinski.

Course Coordinator:

Sam Ramrattan
Western Michigan University
F-218 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3373

Revision Date: Summer 2006


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