Special Topics in FENS: Materials Selection in Product Design (ENS 48001)

2020 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Engineering Sciences(ENS)
6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Özge Akbulut ozgeakbulut@sabanciuniv.edu,
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Interactive,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Task based learning
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Course summary: The course is focused on materials selection for mechanical and the usage-based design of common objects. It offers hands on experience in product design through a class project that includes prototyping, testing of the prototype and iterations in the product development.
Aim: To equip students with a systematic materials selection procedure for product design based on the properties, cost, availability, and processability of materials for product design.


To establish a quantitative and qualitative understanding between design parameters and materials properties
To optimize the performance of materials for engineering applications
To implement the principles of sustainability and minimized environment impact with respect to energy consumption and the recyclability of engineering components in the selection of materials and the production process
To develop a framework for assessing engineering failures
To be able to use available tools (e.g., computer programs) in materials selection


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 4

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 5

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 5

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 5

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 5

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 5

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 5

4. Ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 5

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 3

6. Knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 5

7. Knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 5

1. Use mathematics (including derivative and integral calculations, probability and statistics, differential equations, linear algebra, complex variables and discrete mathematics), basic sciences, computer and programming, and electronics engineering knowledge to (a) Design and analyze complex electronic circuits, instruments, software and electronics systems with hardware/software. or (b) Design and analyze communication networks and systems, signal processing algorithms or software

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 5

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 5

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 5


  Percentage (%)
Exam 40
Assignment 20
Group Project 40



Ashby, M. F. Materials Selection in Mechanical Design, Fourth Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann (2010).

Optional Readings

Charles, J. A., Crane, F. A. A. Selection and Use of Engineering Materials, 2nd edition, Butterworths, (1989).
Norman, D. The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition, Basic Books (2013).
Norman, D. Emotional Design: Why We Love (or Hate) Everyday Things, Basic Books (2005).