Course detail

Testing of Mechanical Properties

FSI-9ZMVAcad. year: 2020/2021

Advances in the field of material science have resulted in the improvement of existing materials and the development of new materials. Most material branches of engineering, particularly, those involved in the design and construction of new mechanical or structural elements, depend on the results of mechanical tests for measurements of material properties.
For accurate analysis and use of test data, it is important that engineers, even those not engaged in actual testing work, process and general knowledge of common test methods and an understanding of the applicability, advantages, and limitations of a given test procedure.
This course is intended to provide such an understanding; in relation to particular mechanical tests and characteristics of materials to mechanical loading.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

PhD student will gain knowledge about measuring methods of mechanical properties of materials. If necessary he/she would arrange measurements for his/her research work.


Good knowledge of strength properties of materials and their testing.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Kolektiv: Metals Handbook, Vol. 8, Mechanical Testing. ASM, Metals Park, 1989. (EN)
Pavol Veles: Mechanické vlastnosti a skůšanie kovov. SNTL/ ALFA 1985,
Kolektiv: ASM Handbook, Vol 19, Fatigue and Fracture. ASM International, 1996 (EN)
Pluhař, J. a kol.: Nauka o materiálech, SNTL/ALFA 1989 , 0
M. Meyers, K. Chawla: Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Cambridge University Press, 2009 (EN)
Standardy. EN, ISO, ASTM (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

Final exam has oral part only.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


To broaden student's knowledge about measuring methods of mechanical properties of structural materials.

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

The PhD student has to write an essay about testing of mechanical properties with respect to his/her research work. Alternatively he may prepare and give oral prezentation to this topic for other course participants.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-MAT-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Measuring of mechanical properties of structural materials like metal, ceramics, polymer and composite.
2. Phenomena at yield point, work hardening and its measurements.
3. Digital image correlation techniques.
4. Youngs modulus and methods of its measurements.
5. Fracture toughness, LEFM, EPFM - in extent corresponding to PhD students needs.
6. Fatigue properties - measurements and interpretation.
7. Creep properties - measurements and interpretation.
8. Nano, microindentation techniques, scratch test.
Actual content of the course is modified with respect to PhD Thesis of a student.