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Deformation and Fracture of Engineering Materials

Materials behave rather differently than expected from a simple traction test which, in turn, is by far more complicated to interpreter than it may be thought. Temperature, load history, loading rate, stress conditions, size and many other factors may have an impact on material response that can dramatically change from ductile to brittle, from isotropic to non-isotropic. Moreover, the presence of a crack alters completely materials and structures response making traditional strength of materials useless. The knowledge of Fracture Mechanics becomes, then, fundamental with its new type of analysis, specimens and testing procedures.

Date: TBA
Time: 9:00AM-5:00PM
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: $895 CAD plus applicable taxes


This course provides fundamental information on microscopic and macroscopic aspects of the mechanical behavior of metals under static and dynamic loading. It emphasizes recent developments in material science and fracture mechanics. It also provides practical tools for practicing engineers.

Who Should Attend

Engineers and other professionals interested in materials behavior and fracture mechanics.


 At the end of this workshop the participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of microscopic and macroscopic aspects of mechanical behavior of metals under any loading condition and use; Mechanical engineering and civil engineering, where a combined material-fracture mechanics approach is stressed, are considered.

Topics Covered

  • Tensile response of materials
  • Slip and deformation in crystalline solids
  • Effect of temperature and strain rate on deformation of materials. Transition temperature approach
  • Elements of fracture mechanics
  • Elements of elastic-plastic fracture mechanics and general yield failures Microstructural aspects of fracture toughness
  • Probabilistic approach to mechanical design
  • Analysis of engineering failures.


Prof. Pietro Paolo Milella has been responsible for the licensing of nuclear power plants and of all Water Reactor Nuclear Safety Research and Development Programs in Italy in the mechanical field, from 1978 to 1994.  Presently, adjunct professor at the university of Cassino (Rome), he has been teaching Fracture Mechanics, Metallurgy and Machine Design.

Prof. Milella published two textbooks in Italian on Fracture Mechanics and Electric Arc Furnace Steel Production and a textbook in English on Fatigue and Corrosion in Metals. He is active in industrial consultancy and advanced fatigue, fracture and corrosion research for various industries. Prof. Milella has more than 100 scientific publications and has been ASME member, PVRC member, member of OECD-PWG 3 on structural integrity, member of the IAEA International Working Group on Reliability of Pressure Water Components, as well as member of the European Senior Advisory Group for several research networks.        

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca