Failure of Materials and Structures - EENG5200

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Sajid Rafique checkmark-circle


Fundamental mechanical properties of materials and composites; Micro-mechanisms of failure in materials;
Fracture and fracture mechanics;
Failure of materials and structures;
Performance of components and structures subjected to environmental effects;
Methods of inspecting and preventing failures in materials and structures.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 34
Private study hours: 116
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Examination, 2 hours (70%)
Homework, 2500 words (15%)
Presentation on Lab task, 15 minutes (15%)

Indicative reading

The Theory of Materials Failure, R. M. Christensen, Oxford, 2013.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will have knowledge and understanding of:
1. the mechanisms of failure of different materials;
2. the performance of components and structures subjected to mechanical stresses and environmental effects;
3. the mechanics of failure in engineering components and structures;
4. appropriate testing approaches to evaluate materials' service performance;
5. how failure of materials informs future design and manufacturing;


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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