3.35 Fracture and Fatigue

As taught in: Fall 2003

Two concentric circles on a field being pulled apart.

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




Prof. Subra Suresh

Course Features

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.