Fatigue and fracture (BYG540)

The course aims to impart an understanding of structural integrity and its main themes of material properties, applied stress and defects or cracks. The underlying science of fracture mechanics is fundamental to the course and the practical application of these concepts to structures is also covered, as are fatigue; welding; welding defects and non-destructive testing.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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Central topics are welding flaws, degradation mechanisms, inspection, condition assessment, failure analysis. Specific topics are: linear elastic fracture mechanics, elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, fracture mechanics testing, fatique, crack growth, failure assessment diagrams, BS7910 and R6 methods, non-destructive examination. Some work on finite element analysis.

Learning outcome


  • Possess a fundamental understanding of fracture mechanics, fracture mechanics testing, weld defects, inspection and structural integrity.
  • Understand concepts of fracture mechanisms., linear-elastic fracture mechanics, elastic-plastic fracture mechanics, fatigue crack growth, failure assessment diagrams, failure investigations, condition assessment and non-destructive testing.


  • Identify degradation mechanisms in structures in-service.
  • Specify suitable inspection methods.
  • Specify fracture mechanics tests and interpret the results.
  • Calculate fatigue life based on crack growth concepts.
  • Calculate acceptance criteria for use in NDT based on characteristic fracture parameters.
  • Understand complex analyses based on current assessment Standards such as BS7910, API579 and R6 methods.

General competence:

  • Plan and conduct simple integrity assessments
  • Understand comparatively complex analyses conducted in industry

Required prerequisite knowledge



Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 3 Hours Letter grades Norwegian-English dictionary, Valid calculator,

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Kenneth Alasdair Macdonald

Course teacher:

Fredrik Bjørheim

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

4 hours of lectures per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Structural Integrity (MOK110_1) 5

Open for

Structural and Mechanical Engineering - Master of Science Degree Programme
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto