636-0944/02 – Degradation processes and lifetime prediction of structural materials (DPaPZ)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Material EngineeringCredits10
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Bohumír Strnadel, DrSc.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Bohumír Strnadel, DrSc.
Study levelpostgraduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
YearSemesterwinter + summer
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2019/2020Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesDoctoral
Instruction secured by
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STR50 prof. Ing. Bohumír Strnadel, DrSc.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Examination 20+0
Part-time Examination 20+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of this course is to understand the relationship between localized damage and moment of structure failure.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations


The course is directed on degradation processes evaluation in structural materials. Namely analyses of microstructural conditions of brittle and ductile fracture, fatigue damage, creep, corrosion damage, stress corrosion cracking and fundamental mechanisms of wear in functional surfaces are included into course. These analyses continue by explanation how temperature, way of loading and environmental parameters affect origin of limited stage finalized by fracture and by loss of the basic function of material, it is transfer of stress-strain field. These methods are applied on metals, ceramics, polymers, and on basic structures of composites. Special attention is dedicated to the effects of size and shape of structural part on origin of limited stage and to methods of resistance evaluation of structural parts influenced by negative effects of degradation processes. The logical closure of the course is the presentation of structure safety estimation in the phase of design, and under operational decision in technical practice.

Compulsory literature:

ANDERSON, T.L. Fracture Mechanics, Fundamentals and Applications, 4th ed. New York: CRC Press, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-4987-2813-3 ELLYIN, F. Fatigue Damage, crack growth and life predicttion, 1st ed. London: Champan and Hall, 1997. ISBN-13: 978-94-010-7175-8. ČADEK, J. Creep in metallic materials, 2nd ed. Michigan: Elsevier 1988. ISBN 0444416854, 9780444416858. FELBECK, D.K. a A.G. ATKINS. Strength and fracture of engineering solids. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1984. ISBN 0-13-851709-6. ASKELAND, D.R. The Science and Engineering of Materials, New York: Springer US, 1996. ISBN 978-1-4899-2895-5.

Recommended literature:

LALANNE, C. Fatigue Damage, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, USA 1999. HULL, D. Fractography, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK 1999.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Oral exam with written preparation.


Other requirements

There are no further special requirements.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

Introduction – principal relationships between structure and mechanical characteristics. Changes in behaviors of materials caused by degradation processes. The basic group of materials and degradation processes. Fracture caused by overloading under uniaxial and multiaxial stress. Conditions of low energy brittle fracture. Conditions of high energy ductile fracture. Mechanisms of initiation and propagation of fatigue damage. Fatigue damage of structural parts under multiaxial stress-states. Mechanisms of creep damage. Creep fracture and parameters affecting it. Mechanisms of stress corrosion fracture and hydrogen embrittlement. Basic mechanisms of wear in functional surfaces. Combinational effects of degradation processes. Impacts of degradation processes on reliability of structural parts.

Conditions for subject completion

Part-time form (validity from: 2019/2020 Winter semester)
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2021/2022 (P0788D270004) Material sciece and Engineering P English Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2021/2022 (P0788D270004) Material sciece and Engineering K English Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2020/2021 (P0788D270004) Material sciece and Engineering K English Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan
2020/2021 (P0788D270004) Material sciece and Engineering P English Ostrava Choice-compulsory type B study plan

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