Course detail

Testing of Mechanical Properties

FSI-9ZMVAcad. year: 2023/2024

Advances in the field of material science have resulted in the improvement of existing materials and the development of new materials. Most material branches of engineering, particularly, those involved in the design and construction of new mechanical or structural elements, depend on the results of mechanical tests for measurements of material properties.
For accurate analysis and use of test data, it is important that engineers, even those not engaged in actual testing work, process and general knowledge of common test methods and an understanding of the applicability, advantages, and limitations of a given test procedure.
This course is intended to provide such an understanding; in relation to particular mechanical tests and characteristics of materials to mechanical loading.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Good knowledge of strength properties of materials and their testing.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Final exam has oral part only.
The PhD student has to write an essay about testing of mechanical properties with respect to his/her research work. Alternatively he may prepare and give oral prezentation to this topic for other course participants.


To broaden student's knowledge about measuring methods of mechanical properties of structural materials.
PhD student will gain knowledge about measuring methods of mechanical properties of materials. If necessary he/she would arrange measurements for his/her research work.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Kolektiv: Metals Handbook, Vol. 8, Mechanical Testing. ASM, Metals Park, 1989. (EN)
Kolektiv: ASM Handbook, Vol 19, Fatigue and Fracture. ASM International, 1996 (EN)
M. Meyers, K. Chawla: Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Cambridge University Press, 2009 (EN)
Standardy. EN, ISO, ASTM (EN)

Recommended reading

Pavol Veles: Mechanické vlastnosti a skůšanie kovov. SNTL/ ALFA 1985,
Pluhař, J. a kol.: Nauka o materiálech, SNTL/ALFA 1989 , 0

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-MAT-K Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, recommended
  • Programme D-MAT-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Measuring of mechanical properties of structural materials like metal, ceramics, polymer and composite.
2. Phenomena at yield point, work hardening and its measurements.
3. Digital image correlation techniques.
4. Youngs modulus and methods of its measurements.
5. Fracture toughness, LEFM, EPFM - in extent corresponding to PhD students needs.
6. Fatigue properties - measurements and interpretation.
7. Creep properties - measurements and interpretation.
8. Nano, microindentation techniques, scratch test.
Actual content of the course is modified with respect to PhD Thesis of a student.