1.033 / 1.57 Mechanics of Material Systems: An Energy Approach

Fall 2003

Strain gauge rosette.
Strain gauge rosette. (Image by Franz-Joseph Ulm.)

Course Highlights

This course site features lecture notes and Java® applets demonstrating concepts from the course.

Course Description

1.033 provides an introduction to continuum mechanics and material modeling of engineering materials based on first energy principles: deformation and strain; momentum balance, stress and stress states; elasticity and elasticity bounds; plasticity and yield design. The overarching theme is a unified mechanistic language using thermodynamics, which allows understanding, modeling and design of a large range of engineering materials. This course is offered both to undergraduate (1.033) and graduate (1.57) students.

Technical Requirements

Java® plug-in software is required to run the Java® files found on this course site.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Franz-Joseph Ulm

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

One session / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate