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MSE316H1: Mechanical Behaviour of Materials

Course Description: In this course, we will learn about the mechanical behaviour of engineering materials including metals, alloys, ceramics, and polymeric materials, from the continuum description of properties to the atomistic and molecular mechanisms. The course will cover the following topics: mechanical testing methods, load-displacement and stress-strain relationships, elastic and plastic deformation, crystallographic aspects of plastic flow, dislocations, effect of defects on mechanical behaviour, strengthening mechanisms, creep deformation, and fracture of materials. In each topic, we will emphasize on microstructure-property relationships. We will focus more on metals and alloys – the most widely used engineering materials. In addition, a few emerging topics will be introduced, such as nanoindentation, size effects, and biomechanics.

MSE419H1: Fracture and Failure Analysis

Course Description: In this course, we will learn about linear elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics. The main topics include microstructural effects on fracture in metals, ceramics, polymers, thin films, biological materials and composites, toughening mechanisms, crack growth resistance and creep fracture. Here, we will focus more on metals and alloys – the most widely used engineering materials. The following topics will also be covered: interface fracture mechanics, fatigue damage and dislocation substructures in single crystals, stress- and strain-life approach to fatigue, fatigue crack growth models and mechanisms, variable amplitude fatigue, corrosion fatigue and case studies of fracture and fatigue in structural, bioimplant, and microelectronic components.