Mesut Pervizpour

Materials Engineering UGrad

Course Description:

The interrelationship between the structure of materials in the solid state (atomic, molecular, crystalline, and aggregate structure) and their engineering properties. theory of the behavior of materials including metals, polymers, ceramics, asphalt, concrete, wood, and composites. Introduction to corrosion. Processing techniques. Discussion of topics of destructive and nondestructive testing, statistical quality control, joining, composite materials, polymers, and degradation. Prerequisites: .

Text book: Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction, W.D. Callister, Jr., 8th edition, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Principles of Materials Science and Engineering, Smith
Elements of Materials and Engineering, Van Vlack
Engineering Materials & Their Applications, Flinn/Trojan
Materials for Civil & Highway Engineers, Derucher, Korfiatis & Ezeldin
Civil Engineering Materials, Somayaji
Concrete: Structure, Properties, and Materials, Mehta
Engineering Properties of Asphalt Mixtures & Relationship to Their Performance, Huber and Decker
The Asphalt handbook, Asphalt Institute Manual

Location and Hours: T,Th 2:00-3:30 PM

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Course Syllabus in pdf soil mechanics syllabus

  1. During the semester, 2 one-hour tests will be given. The student MUST take all two tests. Basically NO make-ups are granted unless absence from a test is justified with proper documentation. An unexpected absence will result in a zero grade. All tests will be based on the material covered up to the date of test. Unless otherwise instructed, closed-book tests should be expected. Any grade review you see justified should be brought to my attention within the first week of receiving the grade.
  2. Homework will be assigned and specified either as "suggested" or "to be collected" at that time. There will be in class unannounced quizzes.
  3. It has been my experience in the past that when students study in groups, and communicate and share resources, they seem to perform better. Obviously, this is a generalization and I am sure there are many exceptions. However, please keep this in mind and take advantage of study groups whenever you can.
Three Mid-term test averages


  1. General Introduction; Atomic Structure & Bonding
  2. Crystalline Structure
  3. Imperfections, Diffusion
  4. Mechanical Properties of Metals
  5. Dislocations, Failure
  6. Phase Diagram
  7. Metal Processing, Alloys
  8. Corrosion
  9. Ceramics
  10. Polymers
  11. Composite and Civil Engineering Materials
  12. Electrical, Thermal, Magnetic & Optical Properties