Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.09.2017 - 20.10.2017

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course the students can:

  1. understand plastic deformation, crack growth and their interaction sufficiently to
  2. assess potential life-limiting failure mechanisms in practical engineering cases,
  3. analyze failure cases to gain further insight into life-limiting conditions and opportunities for improvement and finally
  4. use this information to guide safe and efficient use of materials for best performance

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course lectures develop student’s existing understanding on deformation, stress concentrations and fracture with emphasis on phenomena underlying various failure mechanisms. Common failure mechanisms (cleavage, fatigue, creep, environmentally assisted degradation) are addressed and published failure cases explained. The students are required to analyze engineering component failure cases and connect the taught content to real life failure cases. The course includes materials testing laboratory exercises, which allow students to get first-hand experience on testing of materials and evaluating materials performance.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Examination, exercises and exercise works.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  • Lectures 12 h
  • Exercises 20 h
  • Independent work 100 h
  • Examination 3 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Hertzberg, R.W. Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials OR Meyers, M. & Chawla, K., Mechanical Behavior of Materials. 2nd edition.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Kon-67.3401 Rakenneaineet jännitysten ja ympäristön vaikutusten alaisina

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

KJR-C2004 Materiaalitekniikka or equal bachelor's level Materials science course. Recommended course MEC-E6001 Engineering Metals and Alloys.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Target groups:

  • Master's Programme in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master's Programme in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering