Checking date: 13/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Structural Integrity
Study: Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (256)

Coordinating teacher: VAZ ROMERO SANTERO, ALVARO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Elasticity Strength of Materials.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
Knowledge of the basic techniques for the structural integrity of solids under different load conditions, which fundament the formation of the Mechanical Engineer. Capacity to analyse structures, to assess the hypotheses and to interpret the results.
Description of contents: programme
Basic concepts on structural stability. 1. . Introduction. Elastoplastic fracture mechanics 2. Fracture criteria on elastic linear materials 3. Basic concepts on dynamic fracture dynamics 4. Fracture criteria on elastoplactic materials Fatigue crack propagation 5. Fatigue behavior 6. Fatigue life calculation on mechanical components 7. Structural integrity at high temperature 7. Fatigue and fracture tests Experimental techniques and numerical simulation 10. Design in fatigue and fracture. 11. Numerical methods in fatigue and fracture problems. 10. Standards in fracture and fatigue.
Learning activities and methodology
In each week one lecture session (master class) and one practical session (in reduced groups) will be taught. The first is geared to the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, and the second to the acquisition of practical skills related to theoretical concepts.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • Anderson, T.L.. Fracture mechanics: Fundamentals and applications . CRC Press. 1995
  • Anglada, M.J.. Fractura de materiales . UPC. 2002
  • Broek, David. Elementary engineering fracture mechanics. Kluwer Academic. 1991
Additional Bibliography
  • K. Ravi-Chandar. Fracture mechanics. Springer. 1998
  • Kanninen, Melvin F.. Advanced fracture mechanics. Oxford University Press. 1985

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.