Course Syllabus for

Introduction to Fracture Mechanics
Introduktion till brottmekanik

VSM001F, 8 credits

Valid from: Spring 2014
Decided by: FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2014-04-29

General Information

Division: Structural Mechanics
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: Swedish


To give an introduction to fracture mechnics


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must show basic knowledge about theory and various applications of linear elastic fracture mechanics, and some knowledge about various non-linear fracture mechanics models and their applications.

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must be able to assess fractures properties for different materials and structures, based on rational thinking in terms of basics from strength of materials, mechanics and physics.

Course Contents

According to the book "Introduction to fracture mechanics" by Kåre Hellan and additions relating to applications to building materials and numerical calcultations

Course Literature

Literature: "Introduction to Fracture Mechanics" av Kåre Hellan, McGraw-Hill

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, exercises

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, seminars given by participants
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: PhD student at LTH
Assumed prior knowledge: Master of Science V (civil eng.), M (mechanical eng.) or F (eng. physics)
Selection criteria: Based on prior knowledge and relevance of the postgraduate education

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Per-Johan Gustafsson <>

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