Mechanical Properties of Materials OpenCourseWare: Graduate Level Free Course by MIT on the Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Published Jan 20, 2009

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'Mechanical Properties of Materials' OpenCourseWare examines the connection of mechanical behavior to the mechanisms of failure and deformation and material structure. This course is a core requirement for students studying towards a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering in MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Mechanical Properties of Materials: Course Specifics

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Graduate Yes Yes Yes Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
No Yes No

Mechanical Properties of Materials: Course Description

This course investigates the phenomenon of the mechanical behavior of substances at the visible level. It also examines how the mechanisms of failure and deformation and the structure of a material are related to its mechanical behavior. The course examines fatigue, fracture, elasticity, viscoelasticity and creep of metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, thin films and cellular materials. In the case of fracture and fatigue, case studies (linking of interconnects by lasers and cracking and fatigue in Boeing 747, respectively) supplement the course material. Professor Lorna Gibson delivered the original course in a lecture format. This course was originally for graduate students studying in the field of material sciences and engineering.

Materials provided with this OpenCourseWare include problem sets with solutions, a reading list, lecture outlines and a video intro by the instructor. To learn more about this course, visit the materials' mechanical properties course page.

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