Course detail

Limit States of Materials and Structures

FSI-GS0Acad. year: 2017/2018

The course presents a series of case studies drawn from real situations involving material failures. It is suitable for students who are familiar with engineering materials in an equivalent scope as the courses ”Materials Science I, II" and ”Limit States of Materials and Structures (6ms)". It is intended for students majoring in a wide range of engineering subjects (including mechanical, civil, aeronautical, manufacturing, chemical, materials and design engineering) and people interested in failure analysis and prevention.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course teaches the students to understand the basic methodical techniques concerning the damage of machines or devices in the case that such a damage was caused by unsuitable choice of service properties of engineering materials.


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Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

D.R.H.Jones: Engineering Materials 3, Pergamon Press 1993 (EN)
D.R.H.Jones: Failure Analysis Case Studies II, Pergamon 2001 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course has a form of series of workshops. An active participation in the workshops is required for successful completion of the course.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to teach the students who are interested in having expertise in machinery, how to apply the knowledge of deformation and failure of engineering materials when detecting fault sources.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The course is optional. Successful completion of the course is conditional on an active participation in the workshops.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-VSR , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective (voluntary)
    branch M-VSR , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective (voluntary)

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


International and European standards survey
Elastic deformation - failure of mountaineering ropes - stress in bolts
Plastic deformation - shear of truck steering shaft - freeze-bursting of water pipes
Fast fracture – fast fracture of aircraft fuselage
Brittle fracture – fracture of a cast iron gas main - problems with thick walled tubes
Fatigue – fatigue of a rotating chemical vessel
Environmental failures – corrosion of central heating systems I; basic mechanisms - corrosion of central heating systems II; case studies