E244A: Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials

The main goal is to provide students with a basic understanding of linear and nonlinear elastic behavior, deformation under multiaxial loading, plastic deformation and yield criteria, strain hardening, strengthening mechanisms, stress concentration effects, fracture mechanisms, brittle and ductile fracture, and low-cycle/high-cycle fatigue. This course will cover failure by plastic deformation, fracture, fatigue, and environmental factors. Specific topics include engineering material characteristics, heat treatment, dislocations/defects, structure-property relations, multiaxial loading, yield criteria, strengthening processes, stress concentration effects on fracture and fatigue life, ductile versus brittle fracture.