MAT_SCI 406: Symmetry and Mechanical Properties of Materials

Quarter Offered

Spring : MWF 2-2:50 ; Dunand/Emery


MAT SCI 332 or equivalent knowledge is required


The relation between symmetry of structure and symmetry of properties is emphasized. Introduction to symmetry, scalars, vectors and tensors. Stress, Strain, linear elasticity. Plastic deformation and creep are treated with emphasis on dislocation, grain boundary, and diffusional mechanisms. Various fracture modes at low and high temperatures, in different environments, are examined.

Textbook: Thomas H. Courtney, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, McGraw Hill, 2nd Edition, 2005, ISBN 9781577664253 plus supplemental readings