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MSE 406: Mechanical Properties of Solids

This class, part of the compulsory core of six MSE graduate classes, addresses the elastic response, plastic deformation and fracture of materials, emphasizing structure/property relations. Role of imperfections, state of stress, temperature, strain-rate, environment on mechanical behavior of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites are examined, with emphasis on fundamental mechanisms associated with the microstructure of materials.

The class provides also a quarter-long computational laboratory, taught by Dr. Emery, on finite-element modeling of mechanical behavior of materials, where students tackle a series of increasingly more complex mechanical situations.

Textbook: Mechanical Behavior of Materials, 2nd Ed, T. Courtney, McGraw Hill, 2000


January 19, 2010