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Gary Robert Weber
MSE 462
Seattle Campus

Mechanical Behavior of Materials II

Influence of structure on the mechanical properties of materials. Stress-strain tensors and response of materials to multiaxial loads. Effect of symmetry on elastic properties; spring dashpot analogs for viscoelasticity; strengthening mechanisms and continuum plasticity; failure probability and toughening mechanisms; creep, fatigue, and stress corrosion cracking. Prerequisite: AA 210; CEE 220; MSE 362. Offered: Sp.

Class description

This course builds on the foundations developed in MSE 362 Mechanical Behavior of Materials I. It will explore fundamental material principles that give rise to mechanical properties including those associated with metals (steel, aluminum and titanium alloys) and polymers (thermoplastics and epoxies but not composite materials). Concepts developed during lecture will be further explored in laboratory sessions.

Student learning goals

By the end of the course, students should demonstrate an understanding of fundamental material principles, their application and methods to quantify them. These principles include: • Stress-strain and yield surfaces • Brittle failure, plasticity and viscoelasticity • Strengthening mechanisms • Toughening mechanisms • Fatigue • Creep • Stress corrosion and other forms of environmental degradation

General method of instruction

Instruction will be provided primarily through course lectures. Lecture information will be conveyed by writing on overheads or classroom boards and supplemented with view foils or electronic media. Specific principles will be enhanced during laboratory sessions.

Recommended preparation

Review the main concepts developed in MSE 362

Class assignments and grading

Homework sets will be provided to reinforce concepts developed during lecture that are not addressed in laboratory sessions.

Lecture course grading will be based on participation, homework and two midterm exams. Laboratory session grading will be based on participation and lab reports.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Gary Robert Weber
Date: 03/17/2013