The course covers three parts:
I) Foundation of fracture mechanics that includes linear fracture mechanics, stress intensity factors, fracture toughness, computational methods, nonlinear fracture mechanics, J-integrals, CTOD, HRR field, J-controlled crack growth.
II) Failure mechanisms behind brittle fracture and cleavage fracture, transition from ductile to brittle behavior, micro-mechanical models, polymers, ceramics and composites.
III) Applications. Test methods (KIC, J and CTOD test), dynamic test, crack arrest, testing of welds, Charpytest, testing of non-metals, fracture mechanical design, methods for calculation of K and J, the R6-method, finite element methods, calculation of limit load.