3.35 Fracture and Fatigue

Fall 2003

Two different line-integral paths around a crack tip.
Two different line-integral paths around a crack tip. (Image courtesy of Subra Suresh.)

Course Highlights

This course includes lecture notesreadings and a complete set of assignments with solutions.

Course Description

Investigation of linear elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics. Topics include microstructural effects on fracture in metals, ceramics, polymers, thin films, biological materials and composites, toughening mechanisms, crack growth resistance and creep fracture. Also covered: interface fracture mechanics, fatigue damage and dislocation substructures in single crystals, stress- and strain-life approach to fatigue, fatigue crack growth models and mechanisms, variable amplitude fatigue, corrosion fatigue and case studies of fracture and fatigue in structural, bioimplant, and microelectronic components.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Subra Suresh

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session