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Purdue University

Materials Engineering for Intelligent Infrastructure

Purdue University via edX MicroMasters

Overview

This MicroMasters® program consists of six courses. To complete the MicroMasters® program, learners will need to successfully complete all six courses.

This first set of courses, in the Non-Destructives Testing and Sensing area, will introduce students to non-destructive testing (NDT) and sensing techniques for understanding materials and structural integrity in civil infrastructure systems. A particular emphasis will be placed on NDT techniques for steel and concrete structures. The Fundamentals of Non-Destructive Testing course will equip students with the necessary fundamental knowledge related to the Non-Destructive Testing methods. The topics will be discussed, including fundamental materials mechanical properties and linear fracture mechanics of materials, testing procedures of commonly used civil materials, and structures. Wave-Based NDT Methods and Electrical-Based Non-Destructive Testing and Sensing courses will discuss wave-based NDT & sensing and electric-based NDT & sensing. The course materials will cover the basic principles, data interpretation methods, evaluation, and inspection methods of each testing and sensing technology. Various case studies will be discussed to help students understand and apply the knowledge to field inspection or monitoring of civil materials and structures.

The second set of courses will introduce students to the field of nanotechnology with a special emphasis on nanomaterials synthesis, characterizations, and their applications in civil and environmental engineering. The Fundamentals of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology will focus on the fundamentals of nanomaterials and nanotechnology. The basic concepts will be discussed including nano-scale effect, process-structure-property relationship, nano- and micro-structure property characterizations, etc. The Nanomaterials for Civil and Environmental Applications course will discuss multifunctional nanomaterials for civil and environmental applications based on the knowledge gained in the Fundamentals of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology course. The specific applications will include, but not limited to, tailoring mechanical property, durability, self-cleaning, self-sealing, self-sensing, energy harvesting, and other multi-functionality. The Nano-Device for Energy Harvesting and Sensing course integrates the fields of materials science, civil engineering, and electrical engineering to talk about the nano-device for energy harvesting and sensing. The topic includes materials informatics, fundamentals of multifunctional materials, nano-device fabrication, device applications for energy harvesting and infrastructure sensing, infrastructure sensing.

The program will benefit students with the advanced and emerging technology for intelligent infrastructure. This program will also help students kick start or rise in a career in one of the fastest-growing tech fields today.

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: Fundamentals of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

Learn about the application of nanomaterials in civil and environmental engineering.



Course 2: Nanomaterials for Civil and Environmental Applications

Learn about the field of nanotechnology with a special emphasis on nanomaterials synthesis, characterizations and their applications in civil and environmental engineering.



Course 3: Nano-Device for Energy Harvesting and Sensing

Learn about the field of nanotechnology with a special emphasis on nanomaterials synthesis, characterizations and their applications in civil and environmental engineering.



Course 4: Fundamentals of Non-Destructive Testing

Learn the fundamentals of non-destructive testing (NDT), a technique used to evaluate material and structure properties and defects without causing damage.



Course 5: Wave-Based NDT Methods

Learn how to use wave-based NDT techniques, ultrasonic testing, acoustic emission, etc, to inspect the structural integrity of civil engineering structures, including highways, bridges, dams, and buildings.



Course 6: Electrical-Based Non-Destructive Testing and Sensing

Learn how electrical-based nondestructive testing (NDT) methods and emerging infrastructure-sensing technologies are used to predict service life of civil engineering structures.



Courses

Taught by

Luna Lu, Guangshuai Han, Raikhan Tokpatayeva and Yining Feng

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