Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.09.2020 - 23.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Iikka Virkkunen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Iikka Virkkunen

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Examination, exercises and exercise works.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Kon-67.3401 Rakenneaineet jännitysten ja ympäristön vaikutusten alaisina

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

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

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    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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