Materials Under Stress

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Materials Under Stress

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Engineering Science and Math, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    1 - 2
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline: This course in materials under stress aims to develop an advanced understanding of Elasticity and the importance of modulus in engineering design. Topics include: The influence of bond strength and crystal structure. Plastic flow in crystals and polycrystals by dislocation movement. Strengthening mechanism in metals and alloys. Annealing and heat treatment procedures. Design for safety, stress concentration and residual stress considerations. Failure in metals. Ductile and brittle fractures. Critical flaw size for crack propagation. Fracture toughness of materials. Stress conditions for fatigue and creep deformation. Fracture mechanics; and failure analysis and failure case studies.

    DP requirements: 35% minimum for class record (2 class tests). Students must attend both class tests. Practical must be attended, completed and handed in on time and a minimum of 50% must be achieved.

    Assessment: Coursework (30%), Examination (70%)

    Course Entry Requirements: MEC2042F

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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