Enrolment into the program. Knowledge of subjects of the Reactor Engineering & Energy Technology course and of the Structural Mechanics in Nuclear Engineering course.

Positive result from colloquia or written exam is necessary to enter the oral exam.

# Fracture mechanics

Fracture mechanics and crack propagation.

Brittle fracture

Ductile fracture

Fatigue cracks

Impact of aggressive environments

Stress fields at the crack tip.

Stress intensity factor

T stress

J-integral and similar (energy) concepts

Techniques for numerical solving

Crack propagation and arrest.

Basic methods measuring the crack growth rate

Basic mechanisms of crack arrest

Basic models of crack propagation

Crack resistant design

Basics of non-destructive testing

Leak-Before-Break

Probabilistic fracture mechanics.

Probability of failure

Methods estimating the probability of failure

Sensitivity of probability of failure to variability in the input data

- David Broek, Elementary Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 4th Ed., Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1987.
- A.S.Krausz, K. Krausz, Fracture Kinetics of Crack Growth, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1987.
- Dominique P. Miannay, Fracture Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering Series, Springer, 1998.
- Theo Fett, Dietrich Munz, Stress Intensity Factors and Weight Functions, Computational Mechanics Publications, 1997
- James W. Provan (ed.) Probabilistic Fracture Mechanics and Reliability, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 1987.

Understand the basic processes of initiation and growth of cracks in structural materials. Get to know the basic methods and tools to predict the load carrying capability or alternatively, the remaining safe life of components with cracks.

Solve numerical example to get acquainted with modern numerical tools.

Knowledge and understanding:

Acquire knowledge of basic methods and tools for prediction of load capacity and remaining safe life of components with cracks.

Understand the basic processes of initiation and growth of cracks.

Application:

Acquired knowledge allows independent analysis of simple cases.

Reflection:

Role of initiation and growth of cracks in decision making about repair and replacement of components.

Opportunities for further development of numerical tools.

Transferable skills:

Skills to successfully find and use domestic or foreign literature and other sources, to successfully collect and interpret data, use numerical tools and to master written as well as oral reporting.

Acquired knowledge is related to subjects of heat transfer, structural mechanics in nuclear engineering, safety and security of nuclear installations.

Lectures, exercises, seminars, homework, consultations. Some content will be given in the form of e-teaching, the use of internet and with active participation in scientific research projects.

written exam

oral exam

grading: 5 (fail), 6-10 (pass) (according to the Statute of UL)

Leon Cizelj

1. SIMONOVSKI, Igor, CIZELJ, Leon. Cohesive element approach to grain level modelling of intergranular cracking. Engineering fracture mechanics, ISSN 0013-7944. [Print ed.], sep. 2013, vol. 110, str. 364-377, doi: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2013.05.011 [COBISS-SI-ID 26794279]

2. SIMONOVSKI, Igor, NILSSON, Karl-Fredrik, CIZELJ, Leon. The influence of crystallographic orientation on crack tip displacements of microstructurally small, kinked crack crossing the grain boundary. Computational materials science, ISSN 0927-0256. [Print ed.], 2007, vol. 39, no. 4, str. 817-828 [COBISS-SI-ID 20743207]

3. CIZELJ, Leon, SIMONOVSKI, Igor. Microstructurally short cracks in polycrystals described by crystal plasticity, (Materials science and technologies). New York: Nova Science Publishers, cop. 2010. XII, 77 str., ilustr. (nekaj barv.). ISBN 978-1-61668-811-0. ISBN 1-61668-811-4 [COBISS-SI-ID 24131367]