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Materials Science and Engineering (MATSE)

MATSE 563 (E MCH 534) Micromechanisms of Fracture (3) Mechanisms of fracture and their relationship to loading conditions, environment, flow behavior, processing history, and microstructure.

MATSE 563 (E MCH 534) Micromechanisms of Fracture (3)

The in-service performance of structural materials relies on a combination of the mechanics of loading and of the material's ability to avoid fracture. Thus, modern mechanical design requires knowledge of fracture processes and fracture-based design criteria. This course addresses the mechanisms that control the fracture of structural materials. For the purposes of this course, structural materials are separated into two groups: "monolithic" materials (primarily polymers, metals, and alloys) and composite materials. An understanding of fracture mechanisms can serve as a basis for predicting failure conditions, performing failure analyses, or simply for recognizing when existing failure predictions may be wrong (i.e., "how to avoid bad surprises").

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: E SC 414M

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