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B.E./B.Tech. DEGREE EXAMINATION, APRIL/MAY 2011
Fourth Semester
Mechanical Engineering
ME 2253 — ENGINEERING MATERIALS AND METALLURGY
(Common to Automobile Engineering)
(Regulation 2008)
(Common to PTME 2253 Engineering Materials and Metallurgy for B.E. (Part-Time)
Mechanical Engineering Third Semester-Regulation 2009)
Time : Three hours Maximum : 100 marks
Answer ALL questions
PART A — (10 × 2 = 20 marks)
1. What are eutectic and peritectic reactions? Give equations.
2. Define ferrite and cementite in Fe-C alloys.
3. Draw a typical isomorphous diagram and draw the cooling curves of a pure
metal and a solid solution.
4. List any two factors that affect hardenability of steels.
5. With a simple sketch show the phenomenon of slip in metallic materials.
6. Define ‘Creep’ of metals.
7. What is the structure difference between white cast iron and grey cast iron?
8. Name any two precipitation hardenable alloys.
9. What is the structure of polyethylene? Suggest any two uses.
10. Distinguish polymer and ceramic with respect to mechanical and physical
properties.
Question Paper Code : 11409
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11. PART B — (5 × 16 = 80 marks)
12. (a) (i) Draw Fe-C diagram and mark all the phases. (8)
(ii) What are the different types of cast irons? Draw the microstructure
of any four types of cast irons. Give one application for each. (8)
Or
(b) Discuss the classification, micro structure properties and application of
steel. (16)
13. (a) (i) Give the process details of full annealing and spheroidising
treatments for steels. Explain the microstructure and need for these
treatments. (8)
(ii) What are hardening and tempering of high carbon steels? Give the
process details. What are the advantages of hardened and tempered
steels? (8)
Or
(b) (i) Discuss the method of constructing isothermal diagrams. (8)
(ii) Define hardenability and explain Jominy End Quench test. How to
use this Jominy end quench test data? (2 + 3 + 3)
14. (a) (i) What are the different types of fractures in metallic materials? Give
the important features of these fractured surfaces. What is the use
of this study? (8)
(ii) Explain Brinell hardness testing and its applications. (8)
Or
(b) (i) Discuss fatigue test for a metallic material. What is S-N diagram?
(8)
(ii) Why impact tests are important? Explain any one impact test. (8)
15. (a) (i) What are the effects of Si, Ni, Mn and Cr in steel and also in Fe-C
diagram? (8)
(ii) What are maraging steels? How are they manufactured? What are
their applications? (8)
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Or
(b) (i) Discuss any two copper base, any two aluminium base alloys. Give
at least one application for each alloy. (8)
(ii) Discuss the steps and the mechanism of precipitation hardening. (8)
16. (a) Discuss the structure and applications of any four thermoplastic and any
four thermoset plastic materials. (4 × 2 + 4 × 2)
Or
(b) (i) Discuss the properties and applications of the following four
ceramics.
(1) Silica
(2) Zirconia
(3) SiC
(4) Cubic boron nitride. (4 × 2)
(ii) What are fibre reinforced plastics? Name any four fibres and their
matrix material. (8)

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