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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mechanical Behavior of Materials

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*Note - This is an Archived course*

This subject provides an introduction to the mechanical behavior of materials, from both the continuum and atomistic points of view. At the continuum level, we learn how forces and displacements translate into stress and strain distributions within the material. At the atomistic level, we learn the mechanisms that control the mechanical properties of materials. We will consider: linear elasticity (recoverable deformation at small displacements), viscoelasticity (behavior intermediate to that of an elastic solid and that of a viscous fluid), plasticity (permanent deformation), creep in crystalline materials (time dependent behavior), brittle fracture (rapid crack propagation) and fatigue (failure due to repeated loading of a material). Examples are drawn from metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, biomaterials, composites and cellular materials.

This is a past/archived course. At this time, you can only explore this course in a self-paced fashion. Certain features of this course may not be active, but many people enjoy watching the videos and working with the materials. Make sure to check for reruns of this course.

Taught by

Lorna J. Gibson


4.5 rating, based on 2 Class Central reviews

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  • Nice course. Very well taught (clear explanations, very illustrative applications), by excellent teachers. Covers a large variety of topics, at a basic level. The first 6 weeks are particularly interesting, but the last 4 weeks were of lesser interest to me. The lecture notes are very useful: they allow to skip some of the lengthy video lectures.
  • Humberto Mota Esparza
    I think it is an interesting class and very well develop. Teachers are excellent. Topics very interesting so far. I recommend to those who want to go a little bit deep in mechanical behavior of materials

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