Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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: 28.02.2022 - 03.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • 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 for whole curriculum period:

    Weekly quizzes, lab reports, and case study


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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)


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course includes theory and practice of mechanical testing, with deeper emphasis on methods used in engineering materials research at Aalto University and on topics of special interest to the students in the course. The target audience includes master's degree students in Mechanical Engineering, in Building Technology, and in Chemical, Biochemical and Materials Engineering, as well as doctoral students. 

    Teaching Period:

    (2020, 2021) - No teaching

    2021-2022 Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Registration is done in Sisu ( The number of participants is limited to 20 students.
    Priority will be given to
    1) doctoral students and master’s students who will need to carry out mechanical testing autonomously in our laboratory for their thesis work,
    2) doctoral students and master’s students who will make use of mechanical testing in our laboratory for their thesis work,
    3) students whose course selections focus on materials and solid mechanics,
    4) students with demonstrable interest in materials and solid mechanics