Materials under Stress: An Introduction to Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue

This is an intensive course covering the basic concepts of fracture mechanics and fatigue, with emphasis on practical applications for metals, ceramics, polymers and composites.


University of Surrey


To be confirmed

Number of days

Five weekdays

Hours of study

9am - 5:30pm

Course overview

All topics will be introduced from first principles and the emphasis will be on developing an understanding of concepts of fracture mechanics rather than presenting a "state-of-the-art" review. Lectures will be given by experts in the field with experience of teaching this material to practising engineers and materials scientists on post-experience courses.

Supervised examples classes will enable delegates to work on the solution of typical problems and discuss these with the lecturers.

Who is this course for?

The course would be invaluable for scientists and technologists seeking an introduction to fracture mechanics. It will be suitable for recent graduates in science or engineering and others who are entering the field of fracture and fatigue.

Course details

Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

Over this week long course we will go through the following:

  • Introduction
  • Basic stress analysis and mechanical properties
  • Stress intensity factor and its use in fracture mechanics
  • Fracture of ceramics
  • Energetics approach to fracture
  • Limitations of linear elastic fracture mechanics
  • Aspects of fracture of metals
  • Elastic/plastic fracture mechanics
  • Fatigue 1 and 2
  • Fatigue Assessment of welded structures
  • Application of fracture mechanics to polymers and composites.

Three sessions will be devoted to exercise classes during the course, as well as laboratory sessions on the final two days.

These classes will assist you in working through simple stress analysis problems and enable you to gain the confidence to handle concepts taught in the lecture programme.

You will find a simple scientific calculator a help!

The course leader is Professor Paul Smith.


Price per person is to be confirmed.

How to apply

Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store, which will be available soon.

Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

Register your interest

If you are interested in taking this course then please contact the Short Course Administrator, Jenna Flint:

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