CHE 4470/5470 & ME 4470/5470 - Syllabus

Interdisciplinary Studies in Ceramic Materials Engineering

An interdisciplinary course of study jointly offered by the Departments of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering


Fall Semester 2011




















Time: 9:05-10:00 am WF; 3:35-5:35 pm M


Location: Prescott 304 (class, WF); Prescott 303 (lab, M)



Joseph J. Biernacki, Professor, Chemical Engineering, 312 Prescott Hall, x-3667

Christopher D. Wilson, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, 311 Brown Hall, x-3216


Office Hours: J. Biernacki


Text: James S. Reed, Principles of Ceramics Processing, 2nd Ed. Two copies on reserve at the library (one is 1st Ed.).

References (Connect to TTU Library):

David W. Richerson, Modern Ceramic Engineering, 3rd Ed., CRC Press/Taylor and Francis (2006). Drs. Biernacki and Wilson have personal copies of this book that you may need to borrow.

J. W. Evans and L. C. DeJonghe, The Production of Inorganic Materials, Macmillan Publishing Co., New York (1991).This book is on reserve at the library.

J. E. Gordon, The New Science of Strong Materials, Princeton University Press (1984). Two copies of this book are placed on reserve at the library.

C. A. Calder Ed., Mechanics of Materials Exam File, Engineering Press (January 1985). This book is on reserve at the library.

K. S. Sree Harsha Ed., Materials Science Exam File, Engineering Press (January 1986). This book is on reserve at the library.


ATTENDANCE POLICY: Don’t skip class. If you have to miss class, let me know in advance.


CLASSROOM POLICY: Students having documentation of special needs must submit Accommodation Request Form to the Disability Services Office. Discuss these needs with the instructor so that the proper accommodations can be made.

ETHICAL CONDUCT: Copying answers from other students or from any other source is not considered ethical behavior.


CELL PHONE and TEXTING POLICY: All cell phones must be turned off unless you are expecting a genuine emergency call in which case your phone must be put on vibrate. If you receive a call you are to take the call outside of class. Absolutely no text messaging is permitted during class. Your cell is not to be used for any purpose in class unless authorized by the instructor.


COMPUTER USE IN CLASS: You are required to have your own laptop computer and encouraged to bring it to class and lab. No unauthorized use of your computer is permitted during class or lab, e.g. e-mail reading, sending or writing, web surfing, viewing or networking on Facebook, etc.


Other Resources:


Safety Manual


Cooper and Eaton Model


Prerequisite: senior standing in engineering or science.


OBJECTIVES (what the course intends to achieve)

To introduce students to the engineering of materials and processes to produce materials in a real world interdisciplinary research and development environment.



Outcomes (what students should learn):

Outcomes have been mapped to ABET Criterion 3. Students will demonstrate:

Criterion 3a - an ability to apply mathematics, science and engineering knowledge.

Criterion 3b - an ability to design and conduct experiments and analyze and interpret data.

Criterion 3c - an ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs.

Criterion 3d - an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams.

Criterion 3g - an ability to communicate effectively.

Requirements (what will be measured/assessed):



Participation in all in-classroom and out-of-classroom activities.

Completion of a team project including a team logbook, final report and final presentation of results.

Completion of all individual assignments.


GRADUATE STUDENT REQUIREMENTS (In addition to the requirements listed above, graduate students will be required to complete the following items.)

Completion of a comprehensive final examination (counts 10% of total grade).

Completion of a twenty-five minute mini-lecture (presentation) and follow-on questions on a topic relevant to the course materials (counts 5% of total grade).

Performance Criteria (mapping the requirements to the outcomes):

The team project logbook, individual assignments, and final report will be used to measure the ability to apply mathematics, science and engineering knowledge.

The team project and logbook will be used to measure the ability to design, conduct and analyze experiments.

The team project, individual assignments and final report will be used to measure the ability to design a process and product to meet a desired need.

The team project and logbook will be used to measure the ability to work in interdisciplinary teams.

The team project, presentations and final report will be used to measure the ability to communicate effectively.

Assessment (how student performance will be assessed):

Each requirement will be assessed using one or more of the performance criteria. The following table maps the relationship between Outcomes, Requirements and Performance Criteria:


Assessment Mapping


Performance Criterion


1. Criterion 3a - knowledge


2, 3, 4

2. Criterion 3b - experiment


2, 3

3. Criterion 3c - design


2, 3

4. Criterion 3d - team


1, 2

5. Criterion 3g - communicate


3, 5

Since each requirement has several performance criteria mapped to it, each requirement will be assessed in several ways. For example, since individual assignments (requirement 3) maps to performance criterion (1) and (3) then, individual assignments will be designed to assess for outcomes (1) and (3), an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering and an ability to design a process and product.

Similar assessment criteria will be established for each performance measure (requirement). Student input will be solicited in some to help students develop self-assessment skills and norms for their own performance. All assignments will be graded by the instructors.




Graduate Students


Team Project



Homework Assignments



Midterm Exam



Final Exam



Graduate Assignments









Grades may be adjusted upward accordingly based on exceptional group performance. Relative weight between homework, projects, attendance and exams may also vary depending upon group performance.


COURSE OUTLINE (mandatory readings and nominal schedule)

* Readings will be assigned on an ongoing basis at the beginning of each week. Readings should be complete before the scheduled class period identified.




Student Presentations

Book Chapters from Reed


Lab Topic

1. Aug 29



JJB and CDW-Introduction


2. Sep 5



JJB-Shape Forming Processes


3. Sept 12



JJB-Shape Forming Processes


4. Sept 19



CDW-Physical & Thermal Behavior


5. Sept 26

Logan (particle size)


CDW-Mechanical Behavior I


6. Oct 3

Randy (compaction)


JJB-Densification I


7. Oct 10

Phil (binders and pyrolysis)


JJB-Densification II


8. Oct 17

Brent (sintering)


CDW-Mechanical Behavior II


9. Oct 24

Tony (microscopy/X-ray)


CDW-Mechanical Behavior III

Mechanical Testing

10. Oct 31

Jason (X-ray strain)


JJB-Microstructural Measurements


11. Nov 7

John (mechanical testing)


CDW-Time and Temperature


12. Nov 14

James (brittle materials)


JJB-Powder Processing


13. Nov 21

Robert (creep)


CDW-Final Machining


14. Nov 28

Elly (thermal shock)


CDW-Design Approaches


15. Dec 5

 xyz (machining)


JJB-Failure Analysis


16. Dec 12











 Oct. 7

 Oct. 28

 Learning About Compaction – The Cooper and Eaton Model











































Team Capitan






















Teams will include both undergraduate and graduate students. Teams will be comprised of at least three students and no more than four students each.

Each team will conduct laboratories in one or more of the following areas: milling, mixing, forming, calcining, firing and characterization. They will prepare a single team paper that summarizes each experiment in a concise for-publication format. Each student should be responsible for writing and revising one or more specific sections of the paper. The team captain will be responsible for reviewing, editing and making the paper read as a coherent document.  The Captain will be listed as the first author, this responsibility must be rotated between the team members.  A special score will be given to the first author.

Team Lab Requirements: Lab papers must follow the outline below:

Theoretical Basis: A one page theoretical and mathematical basis for the experiment must be presented. This is the premise upon which the experiment is bases and is a critical part of the paper. It should include several references that justify the models you will be using.

Equipment Description: A written description of the equipment no more than one paragraph, i.e. a simple process or block diagram and one or more digital photographs that describe the equipment.

Experimental Procedures: A description of the experimental procedures, no more than one-half page. The procedures are not to be a reiteration of the operating procedures, but rather a well written text that describes how the experiment was run.

Results and Discussion: Charts, graphs and tables containing the data must be included with a discussion of the results. The text alone must not exceed one page.

Your report is to be brief, but this does not imply shallow. Your report must be technically accurate, well written and concentrated. The individual responsible for the sub report is also responsible to assemble a web site summarizing the above information.  Each paper must be formatted in compliance with America Ceramic Society (ACerS) guidelines for a “Rapid Communication,” see ACerS.


Project Requirements:

Each team must:

Maintain an up-to-date electronic team logbook.

Select a process methodology or use an instructor selected process concept as their design basis.

Present a brief project proposal outlining the scope of the project and a schedule of tasks to be completed (graduate student teams only).

Make a final presentation to the class.

Submit a final team paper on the subject, format as an ACerS “Article,” see ACerS.


Assessment of the Project:

As shown in the Assessment Map above, the project is mapped to each of the five performance criteria and to each of the five outcomes. An individual score from 0-10 will given for each of the five performance criterion:

The instructor will assess the extent to which the team has correctly applied their interdisciplinary knowledge of science, mathematics and engineering to the design of a product and process.

The instructor will assess if the team was able to function a an interdisciplinary unit. The project must reflect an interdisciplinary approach and the team must clearly articulate how each team member will contribute to the overall project.

The ability to communicate effectively will be assessed by observing and measuring the team's ability to articulate their findings orally and in writing and by a peer review of the project which will consist of a questionnaire to be completed by each student. The written and oral presentation must be easily understood by someone who is not necessarily familiar with the subject but who has a background in physical science.