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.
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%)
The Theory of Materials Failure, R. M. Christensen, Oxford, 2013.
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;
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Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
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