Course detail

Materials Testing and Evaluation

FSI-WZ1Acad. year: 2019/2020

First part of the course “Materials Testing” deals with an experimental determination and evaluation of mechanical characteristics and fracture behaviour of metallic and non-metallic structural materials. The course reviews also the current testing technology and examines force applications systems, force measurement, strain measurement, important instrument considerations, equipment for environmental testing, and computers applications for materials testing.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Basic skills in material engineering are the following: (i) selecting material for the design, (ii) ability to estimate the reason of a device damage as a consequence of material failure, and (iii) evaluating the mechanical and structural properties of material, as well as the knowledge necessary for a testing laboratory manager.


Introductory university course in math, chemistry, physics and material science.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

A.Waterman, M.F.Ashby: CRC-Elsevier Materials Selector,CRC Press 1991 (EN)
P.Veles: Mechanické vlastnosti a skúšanie kovov,ALFA, SNTL 1985 (SK)
M.Holzmann: Fyzikální metalurgie a mezní stavy materiálu, VUT v Brně, 1982 (CS)
H.Blumenauer: Werkstoffprüfung, VEB Deutcher Verlag für Grundstoffindustrie Leipzig,1975 (EN) (CS)
E.N. Dowling: Mechanical Behaviour of Materials,Prentice Hall International Editions 1993 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Examination has an oral part only. For the purpose of this exam a list of questions is published. The knowledge acquired in the course is required for the final state exam in the field of “Material engineering”.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The course deals with explanation of deformation and fracture behaviour of structural materials. The main goal of this course is to provide students with all information concerning principle, way of measurement, as well as practical application of mechanical characteristics.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Exercises that are included in this course are compulsory. Absence from the exercises must be properly excused. The course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having worked out at least five individual presentations during the semester.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-MTI , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


What is the “Material Engineering”?
Mechanical behaviour and mechanical characteristics
Elasticity – principle and characteristics
Plastic deformation of metals
Tensile test – standards for metals ČSN EN 10 002, polymers ČSN EN ISO 527
True stress – strain interpretation of tensile test; hardness tests
Bending and torsion test; strength of ceramic ČSN EN 843
Internal friction, creep – fundaments and characteristics
Brittle fracture of steel – temperature transition approach
Background of fracture mechanics
Discussion of fracture toughness testing – metals, polymers and ceramic
Fatigue of materials
Structural integrity assessment procedure and fracture mechanic

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Laboratory for mechanical testing
Discussion about mechanical testing
How do I use the Internet?
Naming systems for various irons, steels and nonferrous metals
Discussion about elastic deformation
Plastic deformation
Impact test and transition temperatures
Fracture mechanic – background
Fracture toughness – metals, polymers a ceramic
Fatigue of material
Laboratories of IPM in Brno – excursion
Workshop about IPM, credit