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Self Healing engineering materials: an introduction into materials by design for Aerospace Engineering students

Dr Sybrand van der Zwaag | Faculty of Aerospace Engineering Technical University Delft The Netherlands

Self Healing engineering materials: an introduction into materials by design for Aerospace Engineering students

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Bsc and Msc students in the mechanical and related engineering disciplines invariably receive a relatively large amount of teaching in the field of materials in which they become familiar with the key parameters to quantify the mechanical and physical performance of materials as well as with some of the underlying physical and microstructural principles. The students are expected to learn a bit about the properties of existing materials too. While certainly defendable, the net result of this approach is that students associate the field of materials science and engineering more as the art of collecting factual information than as a design study to build materials with desirable properties on the basis of atomic and microstructural building blocks. the design principle underlying the emerging field of �self healing� materials �create a material with local temporary mobility� is found to be well suited to make engineering students think as (new) materials designers rather than as material users. The module is ideally suited as an introduction to a typical advanced materials course for engineering students at msc level.