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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - EML6570
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2004-03-18
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2003-09-29
  2. Department: Mechanical
  3. College: EN
  4. Budget Account Number: 210500000
  5. Contact Person: Thomas Eason
  6. Phone: 48586
  7. Email: teason2@eng.usf.edu
  8. Prefix: EML
  9. Number: 6570
  10. Full Title: Principles of Fracture Mechanics
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Fracture Mechanics
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: EML 3500
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  24. Course Description: Introduction to the mechanics of brittle and ductile fracture. Linear elastic fracture, elastic-plastic fracture, testing, metals and non-metal materials, and fatigue fracture.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: Fundamental course in solid mechanics
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Teach students the fundamentals necessary to analyze flawed (cracked) structures and understand current research in the area of Fracture Mechanics. Majors: Mechanical and Civil.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? Yes, Once.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Ph.D. with a Solid Mechanics background.
  29. Objectives: To develop an understanding of the following:

    a) Linear Elastic Fracture

    b) Elastic-plastic Fracture;

    c) Material characteristics that contribute to flaw development

    d) Testing for fracture resistance

    e) Application of fracture mechanics to structures

    f) Fatigue of structures

  30. Learning Outcomes: Know the foundations of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (Williams and Westergaard formulations)

    Know the difference between Energy Release Rate and Stress Intensity factor

    Estimate plastic zone correction factor

    Know the foundations of Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics (Riceís Approach)

    Know when to apply Linear or Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics

    Understand the fracture mechanisms in metals

    Understand the fracture mechanisms in polymers and composites

    Demonstrate the ability to size specimens for fracture mechanics testing

    Demonstrate the ability to reduce experimental data into a Fracture Toughness

    Know the limits in testing between load and displacement control fracture

    Demonstrate the ability to apply fracture mechanics to structures

    Know limitations of fracture theory as applied to fatigue.

    Demonstrate the ability to apply fracture mechanics to fatigue problems.

  31. Major Topics: 1 Review of stress, strain, and constitutive relations (for elastic and elastic-plastic) Notes

    2 Introduction to Fracture Mechanics. Chapter 1

    3 Linear Elastic Chapter 2

    4 Elastic-plastic Chapter 3 excluding section 3.6

    5 Fracture Mechanisms in Metals Chapter 5

    6 Fracture Mechanisms in Non Metals Chapter 6

    7 Fracture Toughness testing of Metals Chapter 7

    8 Applications to Structures Chapter 9

    9 Fatigue Crack Propagation Chapter 10

  32. Textbooks: Anderson, T. L., Fracture Mechanics, Fundamentals and Applications, 2nd edition.
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