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Introduction to Fracture Mechanics

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Course Unit Code330-0503/02
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated6 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory
Level of Course Unit *Second Cycle
Year of Study *
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
SLA20Dr. Ing. Ludmila Adámková
The students will be informed with the principles of Linear elastic and Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics and Low and High cycle fatigue.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
Teach a students the basic procedures for solving of ground technical problems from fracture of cracked members and fatigue of materials. Ensure understanding of teaching problems. To learn the students if they can apply gained theoretical peaces of knowledge in praxis.

Course Contents
1. Initiators of bodies fracture. Constructionals notches.
2. Notched members. Neuber´s rule.
3. Cracks. Modes of fracture. Stress intensity factor.
4. Fracture of steels bodies. Definition. Tension test and other basic test.
5. Linear elastic fracture mechanics.
6. Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics.
7. Two parametric fracture mechanics. R-6 method.
8. Dynamics fracture mechanics. Temperature transition behaviour of steels.
9. Fatigue of materials. High cycle fatigue and low cycle fatigue.
10. Fatigue and life prediction.
11. Fatigue crack growth equation.
12. Irregular strain versus time histories. Life estimates.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
Jansen,M., Zuidema,J., Wanhill,R.J.H.: Fracture mechanics. 2 nd ed. Delft,2002, 365 p. ISBN 90-407-2221-8

Anderson,T.L.: Fracture mechanics : fundamentals and applications. 3 rd.ed.Boca Raton:CRC/Taylor&Francis, 2005. 621 p. ISBN 0-8493-1656-1.

Broek.D.: Elementary engineering fracture mechanics. 4th rd. Kluwer Academic Pubs., Dordrecht, Netherlands.
KUČERA,J.: Stručný úvod do mechaniky lomu.ČástI. Vruby a trhliny. Nestabilní
lom. 1. vyd ,VŠB TU Ostrava, 1993
KUČERA,J.: Stručný úvod do mechaniky lomu. Část II. Únava materiálu. 1. vyd.,
VŠB- TU Ostrava, 1994, ISBN 80-7078-244-7
HOLZMANN,M.: Fyzikální metalurgie a mezní stavy materiálu. (Křehký lom
materiálů a konstrukcí). 1. vyd., VUT Brno, 1982,
Recommended Reading:
Dowling,N.E.: Mechanical behavior of materials. Prentice-Hall.INC. New Jersey 1993.,pp.774. ISBN 0-13-026956-5.
ZEMÁNKOVÁ,J.: Technická mechanika I. Úvod do lomové mechaniky. 1. vyd., ČVUT
Praha, 1981,
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials
Assesment methods and criteria
Tasks are not Defined