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Dr Mi Tian


Advanced Materials Engineering, MSc, Download Full Module Specification

Materials engineers are often at the cutting edge. Their understanding of the properties and behaviours of different substances is crucial in the development of technologies - and advances in materials can drive the creation of new products and even new industries. This module will expose you to current developments in biomaterials, materials for energy, and nano-composites.

Energy Storage Technology, 3rd year Undergraduate, Download Full Module Specification

Renewable energy is expected to provide a central solution to our need for a sustainable fuel. However, major challenges presented by renewable energies, such as fluctuations in output, unavailability, and unpredictability, limit their popularity. As a solution to these problems, energy storage technology (EST) is growing in significance. EST is to convert/store energy and to release energy in a controlled fashion when required, which improves energy efficiency and stabilizes operation of electricity grid.

In this module students will obtain general understanding of a number of energy storage systems. Technologies such as mechanical energy storage system (e.g. pumped hydro, compressed air), hydrocarbon storage, lithium ion battery, redox flow battery, lead acid battery, hydrogen and fuel cells, and thermal energy storage will be studied in terms of principles of operation, characteristics, development progress and challenges.

Materials and Manufacturing,  Apprenticeship, Download Full Module Specification

The material components of a product determine how efficiently it works. If the manufacturers of a railway carriage wheel use the incorrect combination of material components, this can cause it to break and spell disaster for passengers. You will learn how to relate basic theory to current technology such as state of the art materials and rapid manufacture techniques. Furthermore, the module will introduce you to the fundamental material solids that engineers use, such as metals, polymers, composites, glasses and ceramics. You will also have the chance to explore why materials behave the way they do, how they differ and what we can do to manipulate them to create products. Moreover, you will take part in lab work to make and test different kinds of materials, and study common manufacturing techniques by practically trying and testing them.