Mechanical Behaviour of Materials

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanical Behaviour of Materials

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline: This course aims to provide an understanding of the relationships between the structure of materials and its response to applied stress. This understanding is then used in order to solve problems related to appropriate materials selection for design and in failure analysis case studies. Topics will include: elasticity and the importance of modulus in engineering design; 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; failure analysis and failure case studies.

    12 NQF credits at level 7; 36 lectures, 1 prac/ tutorial. Third-year, first-semester course.

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

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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