ECTS - Fracture of Engineering Materials and Failure Analysis

Fracture of Engineering Materials and Failure Analysis (MATE452) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Fracture of Engineering Materials and Failure Analysis MATE452 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
MATE 307
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery
Learning and Teaching Strategies .
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Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives Learn basic tools in failure analysis to be able to identify common fracture modes and later be able to suggest preventative measures
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Understand basic tools used used in failure analysis and general failure analysis procedures
  • Be able to identify the common fracture modes and analyze the root cause of failure
  • Students should be able to suggest preventative measures to avoid possible future failures
Course Content General procedures and techniques used for failure analysis, typical failure modes, fracture, wear, corrosion, fatigue, elevated temperature failures, ductile and brittle fractures, case studies, precautions and preventative measures.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Importance of failure analysis; in terms of profitability, liability and legal issues
2 Failure analysis philosophy, general procedures, techniques and tools used in failure analysis
3 Destructive and non-destructive testing, macro and micro examination of fracture surfaces, metallographic and fractographic analyses, chemical analyses
4 From micro to macro, the spatial aspects of fracture; engineering aspects of fracture
5 Stress related failures, ductile and brittle fractures
6 Fatigue failures
7 Wear failures
8 Corrosion failures
9 Failures at elevated temperatures
10 Design related failures
11 Material (chemistry, microstructure) caused failures
12 Inter-relation between microstructure, stress state and environmental factors in failures
13 Root-cause determination in failures involving inter-related factors
14 Precautions and preventative measures, engineering ethics during failure analysis
15 Overall review
16 Final exam


Course Book 1. ASM Handbook Vol. 11
Other Sources 2. L.C.F.Canale, R.A. Mesquite,G.E.Totten, Failure Analysis of Heat Treated Steel Components (2008)
3. R.E. Link, K.M. Nikbin, Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics, ASTM Stock Number STP1480
4. D.R.H. Jones, Failure Analysis Case Studies II (2001)
5. J.McCall, P.M.French, Metallography in Failure Analysis (1978)

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 2 10
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project 2 24
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 26
Final Exam/Final Jury - -
Toplam 5 60
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses X
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
2 An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
3 An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs
4 An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
5 An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
6 An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
7 An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
8 An ability to communicate effectively
9 An understanding the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context and recognition of the responsibilities for social problems
10 A knowledge of contemporary engineering issues
11 Skills in project management and recognition of international standards and methodologies
12 Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours)
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 3 48
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Project 2 6 12
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 18 18
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 24 24
Total Workload 102