Introduction to Fracture Mechanics: Fundamentals of elasticity and plasticity theory, types of Failure, historical perspective, ductile, brittle fracture, Stress concentration effect of flaws, Griffith energy balance, the energy release rate (G), instability and resistance curve.
Stress analysis of cracks, Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LFEM), modes of fracture, stress intensity factor, prediction, fracture toughness, crack tip plasticity, plastic zone, Dugdaleapproach
Elastic Plastic Fracture Mechanics (EPFM): Crack-Tip-Opening Displacement (CTOD), the J contour integral and its determination, relationships between J and CTOD, crack-growth resistance curves, J-controlled fracture.
Fracture mechanism in metals and non-metals: Ductile fracture, cleavage, the ductile-brittle transition, intergranular fracture, fracture in polymeric materials, and fracture in ceramic and ceramic composites.
Applications: Introduction to fracture toughness testing of metals and non-metals for determination of fracture parameters, Application of fracture mechanics concepts in the analysis of fatigue crack growth.
Computational fracture mechanics: Overview of numerical methods for fracture mechanics problems, traditional methods in computational fracture mechanics, finite element implementation, design of finite element mesh, linear elastic convergence study.