Course detail

Testing of Materials and Structures

FSI-WZMAcad. year: 2019/2020

View over mechanical, technological and non-destructive test methods for quality estimation of structural materials and structural element. Laboratory – accredited laboratories, certification and standards. Material testing; estimation of mechanical and technological properties. Test results evaluation. Non-destructive testing of materials.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student gets the basic knowledge in the field of structural materials evaluation on the basis of mechanical and non-destructive parameters.


Introductory university course in math, chemistry, physics and material science.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

ASKELAND, Donald R. a Pradeep P. PHULÉ. The Science and Engineering of Materials. 5th Edition. Canada: Thomson, 2006. ISBN 0-534-55396-6. (EN)
VELES, Pavol. Mechanické vlastnosti a skúšanie kovov. 2. vydanie. Praha: SNTL Praha, 1989. ISBN 063-552-89.
DOWLING, Norman E. Mechanical Behavior of Materials: Engineering Methods for Deformation, Fracture, and Fatigue. Engelwood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1993. ISBN 0-13-026956-5. (EN)
SURESH, S. Fatigue of Materials. 2nd edition. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 1998. ISBN 0-521-57847-7. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course-unit credit is awarded on condition of meeting the following requirements: participation in all exercises, elaborating protocols according the teacher’s instructions. Examination: The exam consists of two parts: (i) written and (ii) oral. In the written part of the exam the student elaborates three questions: (i) theoretical item, (ii) an example solved during the exercises (ii) an example not solved during the exercises. In this part of the exam the student is allowed to use the notes from the lectures, as well as protocols of exercises. In the oral part the student explains the theoretical item and describes the way of solving the examples, including relationships and assumptions he/she has utilized.
The degree of mastering the problem and the fulfillment of the intermediate requirements is assessed by the teacher by the ECTS classification.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The main goal of this course is to provide students with laboratory work concept dealing with mechanical and non-destructive testing and last but not least draw attention to relevance of these test methods in practices.

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

The exercises are compulsory and the absence from these exercises must be properly excused. In case of absence the student is required to elaborate a protocol in order to prove that he/she understands the topic.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3A-P Bachelor's

    branch B-MTI , 2. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Material testing and inspection, standards ISO, EN, ČSN.
2. Tensile test.
3. Tensile test, tru stress-strain diagram.
4. Press test, bending test.
5. Hardness tests.
6. Impact test, transition temperatures.
7. Fracture toughness test.
8. Fatigue tests – high cycle fatigue I.
9. Fatigue tests – high cycle fatigue II.
10. Fatigue tests – low cycle fatigue.
11. Creep tests.
12. Mathematical and statistical data processing.
13. Technology tests and non destructive testing of materials.

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Mechanical laboratory, standards.
2. Tensile test.
3. Tensile test at elevated temperatures.
4. Bending test.
5. Hardnest tests.
6. Impact test.
7. Fracture toughness test.
8. High cycle fatigue I.
9. High cycle fatigue II.
10. Low cycle fatigue.
11. Creep and relaxation.
12. Technology tests.
13. Laboratory for non-destructive testing, credit.


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