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:

  • distinguish different purposes of mechanical testing in different contexts
  • understand the operating principles of typical measurement techniques used in mechanical testing of materials, and the resulting limitations of the techniques
  • analyze the requirements and possibilities for measurements to characterize the deformation behaviour of materials
  • compare the specifications of mechanical testing equipment with the requirements of a measurement
  • recognize and quantify sources of error and uncertainty in measurement results
  • choose appropriate testing methods in different situations
  • carry out some standard mechanical tests and evaluate the results
  • study other methods in mechanical testing independently

Credits: 5

Schedule: 01.03.2021 - 28.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Sven Bossuyt

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sven Bossuyt

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:

    • measurement of force, displacement, and strain
    • loadframes, actuators, and grips
    • quasi-static, dynamic, and cyclic loading
    • selected special challenges in mechanical testing
    • digital image correlation and other full-field measurement techniques
    • introduction inverse problem methodologies in experimental mechanics

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Weekly quizzes, lab reports, and case study


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Selected chapters of ASTM handbooks and ASTM or ISO standards (to be determined)

    Michael Sutton, Jean-Jose Orteu, and Hubert Schreier: "Image Correlation for Shape, Motion and Deformation Measurements - Basic Concepts,Theory and Applications", Springer Verlag 2009 (ISBN: 978-0-387-78747-3)

    Fabrice Pierron and Michel Grédiac: "The Virtual Fields Method - Extracting Constitutive Mechanical Parameters from Full-field Deformation Measurements", Springer Verlag 2012 (ISBN: 978-1-4614-1824-5)


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Good knowledge of the basics of mechanics of materials, continuum mechanics, or solid mechanics.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption



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