CIVIL-710 / 3 credits

Teacher(s): Brühwiler Eugen, Nussbaumer Alain, Invited lecturers (see below)

Language: English

Remark: February 14th - April 14th 2022


Only this year


All the necessary bases for the determination of stress intensity factors and application of fracture mechanics to structures. Use of fracture mechanics for fatigue and fatigue life curves to design safely structural elements against fatigue. Application to different construction materials.



Fracture mechanics, fatigue, steel structures, concrete structures, probabilistic modelling, structural safety

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Mechanics of structures and materials, Finite element method

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Ability to deal with different materials, to compute stress intensity factors, predict brittle fracture, analyse fatigue data, compute fatigue damage, design safely structural elements against fatigue



Anderson TL. Fracture mechanics. Fundamentals and Applications. 3rd edition. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group; 2005.
Lecture notes from E. Brühwiler and D. Leonetti.

In the programs

  • Number of places: 20
  • Exam form: Oral (session free)
  • Subject examined: Fatigue and fracture of structures
  • Lecture: 30 Hour(s)
  • Project: 12 Hour(s)

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