Course Description

The course is designed to cover the following subjects: elasticity, continuum plasticity, micromechanics of deformation, dislocations and slip, basic strengthening mechanisms: strain hardening, grain size strengthening, solid solution strengthening, particle strengthening, micromechanics of fracture: brittle fracture, void initiation, growth and coalescence, ductile-brittle transition temperature, fatigue of materials, creep of materials.


Course Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide information about the elastic and plastic region deformation behavior of crystalline materials to applied forces, and to give students a fundamental theoretical background about the continuum description of stress and strain through crystalline and defect mechanisms of flow and fracture. In conjuction with the microstructural aspects of the plasticity it is  aimed to clarify the dislocation theory which will lead to a better understanding of plastic flow, strengthening mechanisms and fracture mechanics.



George E. Dieter, Mechanical Metallurgy, 3rd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1989.


Reference Books

- Richard W. Hertzberg, Richard P. Vinci, Jason L. Hertzberg, Deformation and Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials, 5th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2012.

- Marc A. Meyers and Krishan K. Chawla, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2009.

- Subra Suresh, Fatigue of Materials, 2nd Edition, Cambridge University Press, 1998.



70% attendance of lecture hours is required.
Absence from a quiz, lab or examination will result in zero grade.



 Midterm I

20 %

Midterm II

25 %

Quizes and/or Homework Assignments

15 %

Final Examination

40 % (*)


100 %

*Minimum of 70 % attendance in class is mandatory.