Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials

Course #MS4811

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


The response of structural materials to stress is discussed, including elastic and plastic deformation and fracture. Topics include elastic response and the modules of elasticity; plasticity; deformation mechanisms and dislocation theory; strengthening mechanisms; and fatigue and fracture. Application to materials development is also considered.

Included in degrees & certificates

  • 122


  • MS3202
  • MS3214

Learning Outcomes

Educational Objectives / Course Learning Outcomes
(Specific Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)


At the completion of the course students will be able to:

·       Calculate quantities such as elastic modulus, equilibrium bond distance, and bonding energy from a diatomic bonding curve.

·       Describe how different types of bonding give different thermo-elastic responses.

·       Manipulate and use tensors to calculate elastic properties in anisotropic materials.

·       Describe the basic types and crystallography of dislocations in the FCC, BCC, HCP metallic structures.

·       Be able to calculate the physical quantities of dislocations including self-energies, interaction forces, bowing forces and stresses, and reaction energies.

·       Be able to qualitatively and quantitatively compare and contrast the four basic strengthening strategies for metallic alloys.

·       Quantitatively analyze data from tensile testing experiment to extract quantities such as yield strength, ultimate tensile strength, and elastic modulus.

·       Construct and use deformation mechanism maps to predict the high temperature behavior of metallic and ceramic materials.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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