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4 Credits
Fall term, odd years
Lecture Only

MATS 570
David Cann
303D Dearborn Hall

Course Description

This course analyzes the failure of materials by fatigue including how fatigue behavior is characterized, how fatigue failure is predicted, the physical mechanisms responsible for fatigue failure of various materials, and how such behavior is related to the atomic structure and microstructure of the material.


  • Cyclic deformation
  • Fatigue crack initiation
  • Stress-life fatigue behavior
  • Strain-life fatigue behavior
  • Fracture mechanics and fatigue crack propagation
  • Short crack effects
  • Environmental effects

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Correctly identify and describe the mechanisms of cyclic deformation and fatigue failure.
  2. Correctly predict fatigue life using lifetime and fracture mechanics based methods
  3. Correctly identify the cause of failure of a material based on fracture surface observations.