ENGRMAE 259 Mechanical Behavior of Solids – Atomistic Theories (2016-2017)

ENGRMAE 259 Mechanical Behavior of Solids – Atomistic Theories

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 259 Mechanical Behavior of Solids – Atomistic Theories (Credit Units: 4) Presents a continuum, macroscopic view of deformation and failure of solids. The course covers elasticity, plasticity, visco-elasticity, visco-plasticity, fracture and fatigue. Topics include discussions of physical behavior, mathematical formalism and measurement techniques. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
Recommended Textbook:
  1. GE Dieter, Mechanical Metallurgy, McGraw Hill, 1989.

  2. MA Meyers and KK Krishan, Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Cambridge University Press, 2009. (http://www.knovel.com/web/portal/basic_search/display?_EXT_KNOVEL_DISPLAY_bookid=3704)

  3. R Phillips, Crystals, Defects and Microstructures: Modeling Across Scales, Cambridge University Press, 2001.

  4. D Hull and DJ Bacon, Introduction to Dislocations, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2011.

  5. JP Hirth and J Lothe, Theory of Dislocations, McGraw-Hill, 1968.

Timothy John Rupert
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic
Lecture Topics:

Dislocation theory

Strengthening mechanisms

High temperature diffusion and grain boundary sliding

Shear localization

Void formation

Ductile rupture

Brittle fracture

Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component


Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:

◦ Homework 20%

◦ Midterm Exam 35%

◦ Final Exam 45%

◦ Total 100%

Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

July 12, 2016
Senate Approved:
April 30, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr