Materials Degradation and Protection
Materials degradation, the loss in performance of an engineering system, is an evitable part of product life cycle. This can result in a loss of efficiency or even total component failure. Materials degradation processes can therefore lead to severe risks to safety, as well as economic loss.
This module will familiarize students with industrially relevant physical, chemical and biological failure mechanisms and provide them with the tools needed to provide feasible engineering solutions to ensure that materials are protected.
Interpersonal Skills for Engineers
The module will cover both presentation and written skills required for successful communication in enigineering.
Presentations: Guidelines on making format presentations, considering attention span, visual aids, style, content and balance to ensure a memorable outcome.
Preparation for one-on-one discussions, approaches to ensure successful meetings.
Body Language: The influence of body language in communication both in formal presentations and in small group discussions. How to read body language in others, and modify your own body position to aid communication.
Written: Guidelines on report preparation, including planning,structure and use of figures and tables. Preparation of an abstract, covering length, key issues and style for maximum effectiveness.
Each candidate will prepare a detailed project plan covering background to the research, the scheduling of practical and other work, and milestone deliverables. This plan will be produced following: (i) attendance at specialist lectures covering issues of good practice in the conduct of research eg safety, procedures for laboratory work and data reporting/analysis; (ii) discussion with academic and industrial supervisors regarding technical/commercial issues associated with the specific topic; (iii) a review of the formal course units covering technical issues, personal and professional development and research skills. The overall report must demonstrate that each student relates relevant aspects of the training courses to their industry oriented research project.
Literature Review of Industrial Problem
The module involves the collation, refinement and critique of existing literature surrounding particular problem associated with the research topic elected by the student. The student will gain experience in working independently on a substantial, individually assigned task, using accepted literature review procedures. It will require and develop self-organisation and the critical evaluation of existing literature with a view to producing a comprehensive review of the current knowledge on the prescribed topic. Assessment of the literature review will be in the form of a 25 page review paper and a 30 min oral viva examination.
Entrepreneurship for Research Engineers
To show the concepts and characteristics behind Enterprise and Entrepreneurs and to demonstrate the skills allowing an individual or group to operate successfully in an Entrepreneurial manner in a personal start-up or corporate business environment.
Leadership and Complexity Management (EngD)
One of the key skills identified by employers in all sectors and for life in general is the ability to work in a team and to be able to lead! Additionally, there are a number of other skills and traits required or to at least be aware of, to be most effective in these capacities.
This module is designed to utilise contemporary psychology theories to develop individual and group awareness of personal attributes and group characteristics salient to leadership and effective membership of a team.
This is then applied directly using self and group reflection, discussion and debate and exercises to establish team roles and ¿hammer together¿ pre-defined teams. This will allow them to move closer to being an ¿effective team¿ and ultimately increase success throughout the program.
Effective communication will be promoted throughout the module, in terms of leadership and team work alongside engagement with internal and external stakeholders, to include such areas as sales, marketing and personal branding.
Successful delivery of engineering business outcomes in a developing or high risk environment requires a detailed understanding of the broader complexities involved. This will include risk analysis and preparation, and an understanding of how your project impacts local stakeholders, in particular cultural issues, local politics and vested interests.
This module will explore these complexities and develop strategies to enable successful delivery by seeking to address the potential risk during the programme¿s inception as opposed to reacting to unforeseen circumstances during operations.
The module will equip participants with the skills and methodology to deliver programmes in environments that would normally be the preserve of the UN, DFID, specific NGOs or the Military.
Degradation of materials
To provide a detailed overview of:
The fundamentals of corrosion theory for metals and degradation of organic coatings,
The mechanisms of different corrosion types and their identification in real world situations
The application of corrosion protection techniques through case studies
Learner-centred, experimental, indoor and outdoor practical exercises covering key aspects of good management practice in advanced engineering industries.
Employee Relations Awareness
Learner-centred, discussion, video, role play, covering negotiating skills and practice, disciplinary skills and practice as well as recruitment interviewing. Employment law and industrial tribunals.
Innovation to Commercialisation
This course is an interactive module that may just change the way you look at the world. It may also change the way that you view your future career....from employee to employer perhaps: engineer to entrepreneur!
The fields of engineering and business have changed dramatically over the past 15 years and it is a change that continues to accelerate. What drives that change and what are the consequences for engineers and research? This course will expose you to insights about the convergence of engineering and business - the fact that engineers are moving away from production and process towards a greater contribution to ideas and market awareness will act as a basis for the course. In fact it is these two areas where real value can and is added to engineering and where reseacrh can have the highest impact.
Electrochemistry basic principles including: Electrode potentials, Nernst equation, dynamic electrochemistry including current-voltage relationships.
Potentiostat based electrochemistry methods including potentiodynamic, potentiostatic, galvanostatic and cyclic voltammetric techniques.
Applications of potentiostat-based electrochemistry methods, especially in corrosion and coatings research.
Advanced electrochemical scanning techniques: basic principles of operation, design and applications.
Scanning reference and vibrating electrode techniques (SRET and SVET) and scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) applied to corrosion research.
Introduction to electrochemical techniques for characterising organic coated metals.
Basic principles of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and applications in evaluating corrosion protection of metals using coatings.
The scanning Kelvin probe technique: principles of operation, design of instrumentation and applications in the study of corrosion protection of metals by organic coatings.