-Stress-strain equations and models: review of elastic deformation (elastic constants, Hooke's law, volumetric strain and hydrostatic stress) and plastic deformation (stress-starin models, unloading and response of models)
-Mechanical testing: tension test (engineering stress-strain properties, strength, ductility, necking, hardening, true-stress curves); compression test; bending and torsion test
-State of stress and strain: review of principal plane and three-dimensional states of stresses (Normal, shear stresses) Yielding and fracture under combined state of stresses: maximum normal stress fracture criterion; maximum shear stress yield criterion; octhaedral shear stress yield criterion.
-Notches: definition of theoretical stress concentration factor and experimental stress concentration factor; elastic behaviour and initial yielding; fully plastic yielding; Neuber rule to estimate notch stress and strain.
-Linear-elastic fracture mechanics: effect of cracks on strength; strain energy release rate; stress intensity factor, fracture toughness of materials; effect of thickness; plastic zone near the crack tip (plane stress and strain); fully plastic loads
-Fatigue of materials: introduction and definitions; stress based approach (Wöhler curves, fatigue limits, factors affecting long life fatigue strength); notch effect and sensitivity; mean stress effect. Strain based approach to fatigue: cyclic behaviour of materials; strain-life tests (Coffin-Manson equations); trends for engineering materials, factors affecting strain-life curves; mean stress effect.
-Fatigue crack growth: fatigue crack growth testing; Paris law; trends with materials; life estimates for constant amplitude loading.
-Composite materials: introduction; anisotropic Hooke’s law; orthotropic materials; elastic modulus parallel to fibers; elastic modulus transverse to fibers; fracture criterion for orthotropic materials.
EXPERIMENTAL LABORATORIES: Fracture mechanics.