A ten day intensive course on

Failure of Materials

14th to 23rd December 2017

IIT Kanpur

Last date for registration extended to: 20th November 2017

Who should attend Course fees Accommodation Topics to be covered Instructors Register

Systematic analysis of engineering failures is essential for improving engineering designs and make them failure tolerant. However, effective analysis of failure requires knowledge of a variety of issues which are rarely, if ever, taught in a single course. While understanding the growth and propagation of existing flaws is based on fracture mechanics, clues about the nature of failure can also be obtained from the microstructure of the fractured surfaces. This requires grounding in materials science and advanced microscopy. The process by which defects nucleate in a structure, either over long periods of operation or in an aggressive environment, involves an intricate interplay between materials science and mechanics. Experimental techniques in failure analysis depend on a wide range of methods requiring knowledge of optics, electron-matter interactions and the like. Finally, computational methods play a significant role in failure analysis.

Prof Daniel Rittel is a very well known expert on failure analysis. His course on the subject, offerred already to students and researchers at California Institute of Technology, University of Innsbruck, Beijing Institute of Technology, University of Tokyo among other places, aims to bring together the diverse fields of knowledge that must synergistically be used in order to interpret and predict engineering failures.

The Indian experts associated with this course have extended experience in experimental and computational aspects of fracture and failure. IIT Kanpur also has state-of-the-art advanced experimental and computational set-ups for studying problems in fracture and failure. The Indian experts will play a supplementary role in this course by introducing the participants to some of the established infrastructure in this area.

Who should attend

Postgraduate students, researchers and engineers from industries and national laboratories, faculty members from engineering institutes having an engineering degree and exposure to basic mechanics and materials science/metallurgy.

Course fees

Participanits from industry or laboratories INR 5000/-
Participants with a position in an academic institution INR 2000/-
Participants who are currently enrolled as Research students in a University/Institute Free

Registration fees should be transferred by NEFT to the following account:
Account number: 20013304267
Bank Name: State Bank of India
Branch: IIT Kanpur
IFSC: SBIN0001161
Account holder: Sumit Basu.
Recepits can be either mailed to you or be handed over when you arrive.

Registration fee includes course material (in electronic format), tea and snacks in between sessions.


Accommodation for all partcipants has been arranged at various halls of IITK. The attached file gives you the details of where you will be put up and approximately how much the charges will be.

Note that, in all cases, the charges include that for Wifi access and bedding, bucket etc. We will arrange for these to be provided to you. You will have to pay the charges for 11 days of stay. Please note the amount specified against your name that you will have to pay at registration. This is over and above any registration fee that you have already paid. You need to register on 14th morning.

On arriving at IITK, please proceed to your allotted Hall. In case of difficulty, please call Ashwani Sengar (8009087900) or Arpit Srivastava (9452663597) after you are on campus.They will help you finding your Hall. We suggest that you download these maps which will help you find your way through our green 1200 acre campus.

Download accommodation details for all participants in pdf format.

Topics to be covered

The final course schedule is here

DR: Daniel Rittel, PV: P Venkitanarayanan, SB: Sumit Basu
Day 1
Introduction (3h) (DR)
Definition of failure. Basic mechanical properties of materials, elements of linear-elastic FM, crack- tip fields. Plane strain fracture toughness (KIc), small scale yielding.
Day 2
Static fracture (3h) (DR)
Brittle and ductile fracture. Temperature effects. (SEM) Fracture micromechanisms.
Day 3
Static fracture (3h) (DR)
Micro-structure and toughness, material cleanliness. KIc testing. Ductile to brittle transition. Cleavage fracture. Micromechanical models (Orowan, Stroh, RKR, Beremin).
Day 4
Static fracture continued (3h) (DR)
Ductile fracture. Micromechanical models for void growth (McClintock, Rice-Tracey) Gurson’s model
Day 5
Time dependent fracture (3h) (DR)
Fatigue (low-high cycle), Miner’s rule, Manson-Coffin relationship, cyclic mechanical properties, microstructural and fractographic aspects, Paris’s law and applications. Environmental effects, K IEAC
Day 6
Dynamic failure (3h) (DR)
Thermomechanical coupling. Examples: monotonic and cyclic loading, adiabatic shear banding, failure mode transition.
Day 7
Elements of failure analysis (3h) (DR)
Sources of failure, general practice, fractographic analysis, case histories.
Day 8
Tutorial 1 (3h) (PV, SB)
Photoelastic and digital image correlation (DIC) based investigation of crack tip fields
Tutorial 2 (2h) (SB)
Electron microscopic investigation of fracture micromechanisms
Day 9
Tutorial 3 (1h) (PV)
Demonstration of KIc testing on common materials
Tutorial 4 (1h) (PV)
Experimental techniques in dynamic fracture, Split Hopkinson bar and high speed imaging.
Day 10
Tutorial 5 (2h) (SB)
Computational techniques in failure analysis


Prof Daniel Rittel
The Zandman Chair in Experimental Mechanics, Deputy Senior Vice President, Technion, Israel.
Prof P Venkitanarayanan
Professor and Head, Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India.
Prof Sumit Basu
Professor, Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India.


Click here to register . Note that if you are a student, you must provide the details of your train/air tickets for travelling to Kanpur.

If you are from the industry or are an employee of an academic institute or laboratory, please keep the details of the bank transfer handy before you begin the registration process.