Welcome to the Materials Engineering Online Tutorials

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Bonding Ceramics
Tensile testing Wear
Casting and Recrystallisation


Fracture and Fatigue Polymers
Corrosion Light alloys
Phase equilibria Dislocations


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About the tutorials

This series of online tutorials was developed by Alan Crosky, Mark Hoffman, Paul Munroe and Belinda Allen at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia, based upon the earlier editions of Engineering Materials 1 and 2. These very popular tutorials have been used at UNSW for a number years. The results of this work have also been published and presented extensively.

Alan Crosky is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He also gained his BSc in Metallurgy in 1970 and PhD from UNSW. He joined the staff of his alma mater in 1987 after working in the aircraft industry, with whom he remains actively involved. Alan is one of the most decorated teachers at the University of New South Wales, having received numerous awards. His teaching specialties include metallurgy, composites and fractography. He is also an active researcher in these fields.

Belinda Allen is a Senior Graphic and Educational Designer at the Educational Development and Technology Centre, UNSW. She has a Masters in Education, majoring in Education Technology from the University of Southern Queensland. Belinda provides consultation and production support for the academic community. She also designs and presents workshops and online resources on image production and web design.

Mark Hoffman is an Associate Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering. He gained his BE in Mechanical Engineering in 1989 and PhD in 1994 from the University of Sydney, and Masters of Business and Technology in 2005 from UNSW. He has extensive teaching and research experience in the USA, Japan, India and Germany and joined the staff at UNSW in 1997. His teaching specialties include fracture, numerical modelling, mechanical behaviour of materials and engineering management. His current research interests are in the areas of thin film coatings, functionally-graded materials and functional ceramics.

Paul Munroe has a joint appointment as Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Electron Microscope Unit. He gained his BSc is Metallurgy and Materials in 1984 and PhD in 1987 from the University of Birmingham and completed a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education at UNSW in 1998. He joined the staff at UNSW in 1990. His teaching specialties are the deformation and strengthening mechanisms of materials and crystallographic and microstructural characterisation. His current research interests include the development of electron microscopy techniques for materials characterisation, particularly in intermetallics and thin films.

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