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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. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2037 2003-09-29
    Department College Budget Account Number
    Mechanical EN 210500000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Thomas Eason 48586

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    EML 6570 Principles of Fracture Mechanics

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Fracture Mechanics
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    EML 3500


    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.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    Fundamental course in solid mechanics

    B. 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.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Yes, Once.

    D. 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.

  4. Other Course Information

    A. 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

    B. 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 (Rice’s 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.

    C. 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

    D. Textbooks

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

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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