edX: Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Part 1: Linear Elastic Behavior

 with  Lorna J. Gibson

All around us, engineers are creating materials whose properties are exactly tailored to their purpose. This course is the first of three in a series of mechanics courses from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT. Taken together, these courses provide similar content to the MIT subject 3.032: Mechanical Behavior of Materials.

The 3.032x series provides an introduction to the mechanical behavior of materials, from both the continuum and atomistic points of view. At the continuum level, we learn how forces and displacements translate into stress and strain distributions within the material. At the atomistic level, we learn the mechanisms that control the mechanical properties of materials. Examples are drawn from metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, biomaterials, composites and cellular materials.

Part 1 covers stress-strain behavior, topics in linear elasticity and the atomic basis for linear elasticity, and composite materials.

Part 2 ccovers stress transformations, beam bending, column buckling, and cellular materials.

Part 3 covers viscoelasticity (behavior intermediate to that of an elastic solid and that of a viscous fluid), plasticity (permanent deformation), creep in crystalline materials (time dependent behavior), brittle fracture (rapid crack propagation) and fatigue (failure due to repeated loading of a material).


Week 1:
  • Normal and shear stress
  • Normal and shear strain
  • Hooke's law for isotropic materials 
Week 2: 
  • 3D stress states
  • Stress strain curves for engineering materials
  • Strain energy
Week 3:
  • Anisotropic materials and symmetry
  • Composite materials 
Week 4:
  • Bonding between atoms; energetic basis for linear elasticity
  • Thermal strain; origins of thermal strain
  • Rubber elasticity: entropic basis for non-linear elasticity 
Week 5: 
  • Final Quiz
3 Student
Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Subject Engineering
Provider edX
Language English
Hours 12 hours a week
Calendar 5 weeks long

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5.0 4 months ago
by Muhammad Saad Khan completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I absolutely loved this course. The professor does a great job of explaining the concepts of Strength of Materials with real life examples. The lectures were very well structured. The problem sets were engaging and helped the material properly.

A great experience. Strongly recommended for all engineering students
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