MEEM 4170/5175 – Failure of Material in Mechanics
Department of Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
Michigan Technological University
Spring 2006

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: Dr. Gregory M. Odegard
Office: 930 MEEM Building
: (906)487-2329
: 302 MEEM Building
: M, W, F 9:05-9:55 am
Office hours:
M, W, F 10:00-11:30 am


MEEM 3501 – Product Realization I 

Required Textbook:

Dowling, N.E., “Mechanical Behavior of Materials: Engineering Methods for Deformation, Fracture, and Fatigue”, Second Edition, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 1999

Other Sources:
Lectures will consist of material taken from the textbook as well as from other sources.  Students are responsible for keeping a complete set of lecture notes for use in working homework problems and studying for examinations.


No late homework will be accepted.  Students are encouraged to work with others to complete homework assignments, however, all work turned in must be original, not simply a copy of someone else’s work.  Such copying with be considered as a breach of academic honesty and appropriate action will be taken.  Homework must be neatly written and the logic must be clear.  Separate pages must be stapled together.

The mid-term and final exams will cover material from the homework problems and from the lectures.  Exam dates:
Students enrolled in MEEM 5175 will be required to prepare a written report and a brief oral presentation on a specialized topic in failure theory.  The students are expected to conduct a full literature review and report the most recent advances in the specific field.  The written reports and oral presentations will be graded on technical content and overall quality.  The written report must follow the style of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (PDF or MS Word template).  The project topic can be related to your graduate research or another area of significant interest in fracture mechanics.  Topics must be approved by the instructor. Key dates:

MEEM 4170 (5175) Tentative Grading:

Homework: 20% (20%)
1st mid-term exam: 25% (20%)
2nd mid-term exam: 25% (20%)
Final exam: 30% (20%)
Project: 0% (20%)

Tentative Course Topics:

1. Introduction
2. Structure and Deformation in Materials
3. A Survey of Engineering Materials
4. Mechanical Testing
5. Stress-Strain Relationships and Behavior
6. Complex and Principal States of Stress and Strain
7. Yield and Fracture
8. Fatigue