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Sustanaible Materials and Technology (SMT)

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  • SMT - Sustainable Materials and Technology Courses

    SMT 200 Introduction to Sustainability and Technology 1.
    Co-requisite: WPS/SMT 201.

    This laboratory is to be taken concurrently with SMT 201 - Sustainable Materials for Green Housing. This laboratory will delve deeper into concepts discussed in class. It will include an introduction into data collection and analysis, industrial ethics, and field trips to biomaterials-based industries. For SMT students only or with permission of instructor.

    SMT 201 Sustainable Materials for Green Housing 2.

    Sustainable Materials for Green Housing.

    SMT 202 Anatomy and Properties of Renewable Materials 3.

    Formation, cell morphology, cell wall, structure of softwoods, hardwoods, and other renewable materials; variability, naturally occurring defects, biological deterioration, and basic physical and mechanical properties of renewable materials in relation to products utilization. Techniques on hand lens and microscopic identification of renewable materials.

    SMT 203 Physical Properties of Sustainable Materials 4.

    Basic concepts involving the interaction of sustainable materials with moisture, heat, and electricity. Concepts needed to perform calculations related to material balance, energy balance, mass transfer by diffusion, and heat transfer by conduction. Principles and application of basic techniques for characterizing the physical properties of materials and for drying of lumber.

    SMT 210 Sustainable Materials Internship 1.
    Prerequisite: Completion of summer practicum.

    Experience in the forest products or related industries with a departmentally selected employer. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    SMT 232 Recycling to Create a Sustainable Environment 2.

    The goal of this class is to link the impetus for recycling and recycled materials to the building of a sustainable world. Recycling efficiencies for various materials will be examined as well as recycling practices and attitudes in other parts of the world. This course will explore the technology, economics, markets, trade and social impacts due to the recycling of materials. Case studies will provide an in-depth examination of the problems and potentials for the recycling of selected recycled materials. The use of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) to evaluate recycling alternatives will be introduced. The economic, policy, social and resource availability drivers for recycling will be examined as well as the technological, economic, market and social barriers to recycling.

    SMT 293 Independent Study in Sustainable Materials & Technology 1-6.

    Independent Study for Sustainable Materials & Technology students at the freshman and sophomore level developed under the direction of a faculty member. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    SMT 294 Independent Study in Sustainable Materials & Technology 1-6.

    Independent Study for Sustainable Materials & Technology students at the freshman and sophomore level developed under the direction of a faculty member. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    SMT 295 Special Topics in Sustainable Materials and Technology 1-3.

    Special Topics in Wood Products at the 200 level for offering of courses on an experimental basis.

    SMT 301 Chemistry of Sustainable Materials 3.
    Prerequisite: CH 101 and CH 102 and CH 220.

    Introduction of polymer science concepts (thermal transitions, molecular weight, viscoelasticity) to sustainable materials such as wood, cork, starch, silk, etc. Detailed instruction on the chemistry of sustainable materials including reactivity, decay, the chemical aspects of thermal treatments, the separation of sustainable materials into their individual components, the reactivity and modification of the individual components, and the conversion of sustainable materials into energy products.

    SMT 302 Processing of Biomaterials 4.
    Prerequisite: SMT 202 or SMT 203.

    Principles of the manufacturing processes used in the sustainable and renewable materials industries. Content includes primary and secondary manufacturing, theory of machining basics, and biomaterials-based composite fabrication. Field trips might require meeting outside of class time.

    SMT 310 Introduction to Industrial Ecology 3.

    In this course, students will explore the main concepts of industrial ecology for sustainable materials. Students will learn about environmental supply chain, manufacturing of products from sustainable materials such as wood and agricultural materials, and how we can learn from nature to close the manufacturing loop. To support the activities in these technical areas, students will also learn how to better manage time, how to work efficiently in teams, and how best to interact with their co-workers.

    SMT 346 Sustainable Materials Business Marketing 3.

    This course will examine the business and marketing approaches in the forest products industry from a theoretical as well as an applied perspective. Students will learn the importance of business processes and how products, price, distribution, and promotion plays a role in the purchase behavior of consumers. Students will analyze situations and cases to solve real and hypothetical business problems in the forest products industry.

    SMT 441 Mechanical Properties of Sustainable Materials 4.
    Prerequisite: MA 121 and PY 211 and SMT 203.

    Overview of statics. Concepts of stress and strain. Mechanical properties of elastic and viscoelastic materials. Application of elastic theory to axial loading and bending, orthotropic elasticity of lamina and laminates, buckling of columns. Principles and application of basic techniques for characterizing the mechanical properties of sustainable materials.

    SMT 444 Sustainable Composites and Biopolymers 3.
    Prerequisite: SMT 301 and Senior standing in SMT.

    Manufacture, properties, and processing of lignocellulosic composites and polymers such as laminates, strandboard, particleboard, fiberboard, and nanocomposites. Principles and application of basic techniques for manufacture and testing of composites according to product and quality standards.

    SMT 483 Capstone in Sustainable Materials and Technology 3.
    Restricted to students with Senior Standing in SMT.

    Capstone course in sustainable materials and technology; integration of sustainable material and technology concepts with economic, environmental, and societal considerations; case studies and practicum in sustainable materials and technologies.

    SMT 493 Independent Study in Sustainable Materials & Technology 1-6.

    Independent Study for Sustainable Materials & Technology students at the advanced level developed under the direction of a faculty member. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

    SMT 494 Independent Study in Sustainable Materials & Technology 1-6.

    Independent Study for Sustainable Materials & Technology students at the advanced level developed under the direction of a faculty member. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.