Course Syllabus for

Introduction to Fracture Mechanics
Introduktion till brottmekanik

VSM005F, 4 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 mechanics


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must Basic knowledge about linear elastic fracture mechanics at quasi-static monotonic loading and basic applications of the HIllerborg model for mode I cracks.

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 schematically assess different materials and structures for fractures properties based on rational thinking in terms of basics from strength of materials, mechanics and physics.

Course Contents

According to chapter 1-4 in the book "Introduction to fracture mechanics" by Kåre Hellan and additions relating to applications to building materials and numerical methods

Course Literature

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

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: 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 for the postgraduate education

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Per-Johan Gustafsson <>

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