CBEMS 158 Ceramic Materials (2012-2013)

CBEMS 158 Ceramic Materials

(Not required for any major. Selected Elective for ChE and MSE.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 158 Ceramic Materials (Credit Units: 3) A technical elective for students interested in the materials area. Topics covered include structure and properties of ceramics, and design with ceramics. Prerequisite: ENGR54. (Design units: 1)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:


Martha L. Mecartney
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Apply science (basic and advanced), mathematics, and engineering fundamentals in the context of ceramic materials.

2. Identify, formulate, and solve problems in ceramics for various applications.

3. Recognize the need for life-long learning

Prerequisites by Topic

Principles of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry and Synthesis of Materials

Lecture Topics:
  • Structure and properties of ceramics
  • Crystal structure
  • Phase equilibria
  • Thermal behavior; Mechanical behavior
  • Electrical, optical and magnetic behavior
  • Environmental effects
  • Powder processing
  • Densification
  • Machining(field trip to industrial facility)
  • Design considerations, patent law
  • Design approaches (design project on writing patents)
  • Failure analysis
  • Toughening of ceramics
  • Applications
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Students are requested to use basic computer skills to solve short design problems.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

This course is designed to contribute towards the Materials Science Engineering major through the engineering topics and design experience.

Design Content Description

Design projects dealing writing patent, design approaches, failure analysis, and application.

Lectures: 100%
Laboratory Portion: 0%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework/Lab interpretations 15%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Final Exam 35%
  • Design Project 25%
  • Class Participation 5%
  • Total 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 3.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 2.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 1.0 credit units

July 9, 2012
Senate Approved:
May 5, 2008
Approved Effective:
2008 Fall Qtr