TMM4160 - Fracture Mechanics


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100

Course content

The topic covers the basic topics and applications of fracture and notch mechanics. The fundamental concepts include linear and elastic-plastic fracture and notch mechanics. Local criteria for brittle fracture in metals are presented.

Emphasis is placed on the fundamental theoretical solutions and methods for stress and displacement analysis. Significant attention is given to crack and contact problems, singular asymptotic stress fields and three-dimensional problems. Emphasis is placed on engineering applications of elasticity and examples are generally worked through to final expressions for the stress and displacement fields in order to explore the engineering consequences of the results. Among the topics treated in the course advanced solutions are presented for the study of sharp and blunt V-notches in bidimensional and three-dimensional problems. The main local stress and energy parameters are also presented and discussed. The applications include fracture toughness testing of metals and failure assessment strategies in order to assess the failure of structures both under static and fatigue loading. High priority is given to computational fracture and notch mechanics (Williams and Fadle solution) and a course in computational mechanics on the FE codes ANSYS and ABAQUS are included as an important part of the topic.

Learning outcome


  • Knowledge about fundamental theories of fracture and notch mechanics.
  • Understanding for the application of fracture and notch mechanics in practical applications.
  • Detailed knowledge within FE based modeling of fracture applied both to crack and notch problems.


  • Derive fracture mechanics theories and evaluate the results.
  • Perform fracture and notch mechanical analysis and solve problems of engineering interests.
  • Perform fracture and notch mechanics calculations based on FE codes. General competence:

General Competence:

  • General competence within fundamental and applied fracture and notch mechanics.
  • Good background for performing computations.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, exercises and finite element course on ANSYS and ABAQUS for fracture mechanics calculations. The lectures and exercises are in English when students who do not speak Norwegian take the course. If the teaching is given in English the examination papers will be given in English only. In this case the students also have to reply in English.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a written examination (65%), weekly exercise and Abaqus exercises (35%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written examination to oral.

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Course materials

T. L. Anderson: Fracture Mechanics. Fundamentals and Applications, CRC Press, 2004. Other suggested Material Radaj, Dieter, Vormwald, Michael Advanced Methods of Fatigue Assessment, Springer 2013 Chin-Teh Sun, Zhihe Jin, Fracture Mechanics, Elsevier 2012 E.E.Gdoutos, Fracture Mechanics An Introduction 2005, Springer E.E. Gdoutos, Fracture Mechanics Criteria and Applications, 2005, Springer J. R Barber, Elasticity 2010, Springer Lectures provided by the responsible of the course Notes on numerical applications by using Abaqus and Ansys

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO2057 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
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