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How do you select the essential materials for any construction? From skyscrapers to transportation infrastructure, structural materials dominate the human landscape.

This engineering course will introduce you to the key principles of structural materials selection. The principles taught are general enough to be applied across many domains. You will learn about the externalities of materials selection, material cost, factors influencing availability such as energy density and recyclability, ratio analysis for a structural application.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Course Curriculum

Billion Ton Per Year Club 00:12:00
Material Properties 00:10:00
Externalities 00:10:00
Environmental Externalities 00:10:00
Social Externalities 00:10:00
Military and Culture 00:10:00
More Externalities 00:10:00
Cost and Availability 00:10:00
Energy Density 00:10:00
Ashby Plots 00:10:00
Billion Ton Per Year Club Revisited 00:07:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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