MAT_SCI 434: Fracture of Brittle Solids

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Mat Sci 332 or equivalent


The mechanical response of brittle materials (ceramics, glasses and some network polymers) will be treated using classical elasticity, energy criteria, and fracture mechanics. The influence of environment and microstructure on mechanical behavior will be explored. Transformation toughened systems, large grain crack bridging systems, nanostructured ceramics, and anomolous glasses will be highlighted.

Textbook: Fracture of Brittle Solids, 2nd Edition, Brian Lawn, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521409728