ME 430: Failure of Engineering Materials

Class Description:

Material and elastoplastic properties at crystal level, microstructural basis for fatigue, fracture, and creep in metals, polymers, and ceramics. Failure mechanisms and toughening in composites, structure and behavior of metal matrix composites; ceramic matrix composites and polymer composites. Prerequisite: ME 330 or equivalent. 3 undergraduate hours or 3 or 4 graduate hours.


1. Failure mechanisms in metals (Fatigue; Fracture; Creep)

2. Failure mechanisms in polymers

3. Failure mechanisms in ceramics and fibers

4. Failure mechanisms in composites


ME: MechSE or technical elective.

EM: Possible secondary field, with approval.

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