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Understanding Materials (5 Parts)

Synopsis
1 MATERIALS IN PERSPECTIVE(1981): Looks at metals, ceramics, glass, polymers and composites in terms of their classification and atomic structure. Asks why we need material science, or material scientists, at all. Writer and presenter: Dr John Webb.
2 METALS (1980): Discusses what metals are, what distinguishes one metal from another and metals as a whole from non-metals. Deals with four specific uses of metals: steel for oil rigs, stainless steel for surgical instruments, bronze for bells and aluminium for aircraft. Presenter: Dr John West.
3 CERAMIC SCIENCE (1980): Discusses the ceramics of science under the following headings: chemistry, glasses, fabrication, sintering, microstructure. Final section on properties, which also mentions and illustrates many applications of ceramics to modern technology. Presenter: Professor H Rawson.
4 GLASS (1981): Defines what glass is and discusses its fabrication, structure and composition and three specific properties of glass: durability, strength and optical properties. Concludes with a section on fibre optics.
5 POLYMERS (1982): Shows the structure of polymers and discusses thermosetting resins, thermoplastics, intersegmental forces of attraction and chain flexibility. Concludes by pointing out the main advantages of thermoplastics over some other materials and illustrates the wide range in mechanical properties. Presenter: Dr Peter Wright.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1982
Availability
Sale
Uses
A-level and 1st-year undergraduate materials science. *CHEMSOC
Subjects
Technology
Keywords
ceramics; composite materials; fibre optics; glass; materials science; metallurgy; metals

Online availability

URI
http://jiscmediahub.ac.uk/
Price
academic subscription
Delivery
Download

Credits

Director
Michael Paul
Producer
Michael Paul

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Availability
Sale

Type
VHS
Format
PAL
Price
£15.00 each part of £60.00 the set
Duration/Size
32, 47, 40, 29, 42 minutes
Year
2012

Sections

Title
Materials in perspective
Synopsis
1 (1981): Looks at metals, ceramics, glass, polymers and composites in terms of their classification and atomic structure. Asks why we need material science, or material scientists, at all. Writer and presenter: Dr John Webb.

Title
Metals
Synopsis
2 (1980): Discusses what metals are, what distinguishes one metal from another and metals as a whole from non-metals. Deals with four specific uses of metals: steel for oil rigs, stainless steel for surgical instruments, bronze for bells and aluminium for

Title
Ceramic science
Synopsis
3 (1980): Discusses the ceramics of science under the following headings: chemistry, glasses, fabrication, sintering, microstructure. Final section on properties, which also mentions and illustrates many applications of ceramics to modern technology. Pres

Title
Glass
Synopsis
4 (1981): Defines what glass is and discusses its fabrication, structure and composition and three specific properties of glass: durability, strength and optical properties. Concludes with a section on fibre optics.

Title
Polymers
Synopsis
5 (1982): Shows the structure of polymers and discusses thermosetting resins, thermoplastics, intersegmental forces of attraction and chain flexibility. Concludes by pointing out the main advantages of thermoplastics over some other materials and illustra

Production Company

Name

University of Sheffield Audio Visual and Television Centre

Name

University of Sheffield Audio-Visual & Television Centre

Notes
see also Sheffield University Television

Sponsor

Name

Atomic Energy Research Establishment

Distributor

Name

JISC MediaHub

Notes
NB. As of 1 September 2016, the Jisc MediaHub subscription service is no longer available. However, all the multimedia content that Jisc has licensed for use by higher and further education institutions, which is currently accessed via the MediaHub subscription, is available through a new service, MediaPlus, at http://mediaplus.alexanderstreet.com.
Name

University of Sheffield Learning & Teaching Services

Web
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Phone
0114 22 20401
Address
New Spring House (Ground Floor)
231 Glossop Road
Sheffield
S10 2GW
United Kingdom
Notes
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