MSE 580 Materials Forensics

Materials forensics will describe the principles and prevention of the degradation of materials. The topics will include electrochemical corrosion of metallic materials, oxidation of metals, degradation of polymers, biodeterioration of materials, failure analysis of materials including mechanical failures and failures of electrical devices. The general practice of failure analysis will be applied to a variety of case studies to illustrate important failure mechanisms. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

MSE 370 Microstructure of Inorganic Materials, MSE 380 Microstructure of Organic Materials or consent of the instructor

• Course Objectives

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, students should:

  • know the mechanisms responsible for degradation of a variety of materials classes (metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials);
  • be able to design strategies to eliminate or minimize materials degradation;
  • know the general approaches taken to analyze material failures;
  • demonstrate the ability to correct material failures.

• Course Requirements

Homework: 5 sets (worth 2 points per set)

Examinations: 3 examinations (worth 25 points each)

Software Requirements: none

Projects: a term paper on an aopproved topic relevant to the Course material (worth 15 points).

• Reference

No required textbook.

Important references are:

  1. D. A. Jones, “Principles and prevention of corrosion”, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, (1996);
  2. Chapter 9 in N. J. Mills, “Plastics: Microstructure and Engineering”, 2nd edition Halstead Press, NY (1993);
  3. C. R. Books and A. Choudhury, “Failure Analysis of Engineering Materials”, McGraw Hill, NY, (2002).

• Computer and Internet Requirements

NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum specifications for computers. For details, click here.

• Instructor

Dr. Carl C Koch, Professor
Material Science Engineering
Kobe Steel Distinguished Professor
Engineering Building I (Eb1) 3-006, Box 7907
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-515-7340
Fax: 919-515-7724