The aim of the course is to provide basic knowledge about fracture mechanics and the ability to analyse and evaluate structures that contain sharp defects.
On completion of the course the student shall be able to:
identify and describe various fracture and damage mechanisms in materials,
explain how a crack affects a structure and describe the stress and strain state that occurs in front of a crack in different materials,
apply different methods to calculate crack driving forces in linear and nonlinear materials and formulate suitable fracture conditions for stationary and growing fractures in these materials,
investigate whether a crack will grow stable or unstable,
describe and explain the theoretical background for linear and nonlinear fracture mechanics,
analyse fracture problems for both linear and nonlinear materials subject to increasing loads.
Phenomenological theories for fractures in materials and structures containing sharp cracks, and how this knowledge can be applied when designing constructions.
Lectures, laboratory work, lessons/exercises.
Written examination. Laboratory work.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.