3.22 Mechanical Properties of Materials

Spring 2004

Sample measurement of a thin film application.
Sample measurement of a thin film application. (Image courtesy of NIST.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings, and problem sets with solutions.

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Prof. Lorna Gibson (RM - 56K) (RM - 80K) (RM - 220K)

Course Description

This course explores the phenomenology of mechanical behavior of materials at the macroscopic level and the relationship of mechanical behavior to material structure and mechanisms of deformation and failure. Topics covered include elasticity, viscoelasticity, plasticity, creep, fracture, and fatigue. Case studies and examples are drawn from structural and functional applications that include a variety of material classes: metals, ceramics, polymers, thin films, composites, and cellular materials.

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Prof. Lorna Gibson

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session




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