Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.04.2019 - 29.05.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Luc St-Pierre

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Luc St-Pierre – Teacher in charge –

Anastasia Markou – Teaching assistant –

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

V (each academic year)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course, the student will be able to:
•    understand the theoretical background of linear and non-linear fracture mechanics.
•    apply the principles of fracture mechanics to solve design problems.
•    determine if crack growth will be stable or unstable.
•    define and discuss the most common fracture mechanisms.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course will start by introducing the fundamental principles of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM).  This will cover both the energy balance and stress analysis of cracks as well as the necessary conditions for stable crack growth and small-scale yielding.  Then, these principles will be extended to elastic-plastic fracture mechanics by introducing the J-integral.  Finally, the course will provide an introduction to the fracture mechanisms and testing methods applicable for different materials.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Assignments and exam.

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

Four assignment, each worth 10%

Final exam 60%

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures: 24h (attendance is not mandatory)

Instructed exercises: 10h

Independent work: 100h


Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The lecture notes provided should be sufficient to follow the course.  For additional information, see: T.L. Anderson, Fracture Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications, 3rd edition, Taylor & Francis, 2005. 

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The previous course Fatigue and Fracture of Structures (MEC-E8004) has been replaced by this course and Fatigue of Structures (MEC-E8006). Also this course replaces the old course Kul-49.4300 Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue.

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic knowledge of solid mechanics.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


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