Checking date: 21/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Stability and structural integrity
Master in Industrial Mechanical (Plan: 274 - Estudio: 265)

Coordinating teacher: ARANDA RUIZ, JOSUE

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

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 4.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Students should have completed basic courses on Structural Mechanics, and Elasticity and Strength of Materials. This course should be lectured partially or entirely in English.
Basic knowledge on the design requirements of the mechanical and structural elements, considering both structural stability and structural integrity issues. Ability to identify, formulate and solve design problems from the point of view of the structural stability and structural integrity. Analysis of different design solutions. Basic knowledge on the structural integrity codes for the mechanical and structural elements Basic knowledge on damage tolerant design concepts of the mechanical and structural elements Learning results To understand the basic concepts of structural stability and structural integrity of mechanical and structural elements To conduct a proper design of mechanical and structural elements, considering bot structural stability and structural integrity concepts To use structural integrity codes in the design of mechanical and structural elements To apply damage tolerant design concepts
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
- Basic concepts on structural stability - Buckling of beams and columns - Buckling of simple frames - Basic concepts on the stability of plates - Basic concepts on Fracture Mechanics. Fracture criteria of cracked solids - Basic ideas on fatigue crack propagation - Damage tolerant design concepts
Learning activities and methodology
- Seminars, including explanations of the basic theoretical aspects of the different subjects, as well as solutions to basic problems to illustrate the underlying theory. Personal work of the student oriented to learning about theoretical concepts (2 ECTS). - Individual homework, in which the student has to develop the solution to more complex problems demanding more time that a single lecture (2 ECTS).
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • M.J. Anglada. Fractura de materiales. UPC. 2002
  • M.L. Gambhir. Stability analysis and design of structures. Springer. 2004
  • T.L. Anderson. Fracture mechanics: Fundamentals and applications. CRC Press. 1995
Additional Bibliography
  • D. Broek. Elementary engineering fracture mechanics. Kluwer Academic. 1991
  • D. P. Miannay. . Fracture mechanics. Springer. 1998
  • G.J. Simitses, D.H. Hodges. Fundamentals of structural stability. Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann. 2006
  • M. F. Kanninen, C. H. Popelar. Advanced fracture mechanics. Oxford University Press. 1985
  • Z.P. Bazant. Stability of structures: elastic, inelastic, fracture and damage theories. Dover. 2003

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.