Knowledge and understanding
The advanced mechanical design requires knowledge and understanding of the problems of deformation and strength of materials that go beyond the notion of isotropic linear elasticity, static and fatigue strength simply based on knowledge of the elastic stress state, which is the traditional mechanical design approach. And this also because the CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) softwares incorporate, in an increasing number of cases, the structural finite element simulation also in the non-linear field, making it available at reasonable prices but also requiring material behavior skills over the traditional ones in order to exploit them correctly.
The student, therefore, at the end of the course will know the types of mechanical behavior and failure of materials and the related mathematical models for the design / verification of components and mechanical systems beyond the simple linear elastic behavior, i.e. based on the elastic stress state. He will also know the methods of experimental characterization and simulation of non-linear mechanical behavior by the finite element method.
Applying knowledge and understanding
The student will be able to identify the most appropriate mathematical model to approximate the stress-strain relationship of the material and the mechanical strength under service conditions. He can then resolve analytically and / or by finite element simulation problems of deformation and strength of mechanical components and systems beyond simple linear elastic evaluation.