2020 Mechanics of High Temperature Materials

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Graduate major in Mechanical Engineering
Sakaguchi Motoki 
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Course description and aims

High temperature materials are widely used for hot section components such as jet engine in aircrafts or gas turbine in power generation systems. For appropriate materials selection, strength design, maintenance and life prediction, it is important to accurately understand what kind of deformation and failure undergo in the material under high temperature condition. This course, at first, focuses on fundamental aspects of elastic-plastic deformation, creep process and mechanism of fatigue, thermal fatigue and thermo-mechanical fatigue in high temperature materials. Secondary, history and recent topics on strengthening mechanism and alloy design of high temperature materials are introduced, and some problems and challenges to damage evaluation and life prediction are explained.
This course aims to facilitate students’ understanding on what is unique under high temperature condition and what kind of deformation and failure undergo in the material. Topics include fundamental aspects of high temperature deformation and failure mechanisms as well as practical solutions for alloy design, damage evaluation and life prediction.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to;
1) explain severe conditions that high temperature materials have to experience,
2) explain fundamental mechanisms of deformation and failure under high temperature condition
3) explain damage evaluation and life prediction for high temperature materials according to the understanding on the deformation and failure mechanisms,
4) understand the basis of strength design of high temperature materials and explain recent practical problems in actual components.


high temperature materials, metal, alloy, ceramics, deformation, failure, fracture, elastic deformation, plastic deformation, creep, fatigue, thermal fatigue, alloy design, strength design, damage evaluation, life prediction

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

During the class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is "High temperature"? - Loads that high temperature materials have to experience - Damages that high temperature materials have to receive - Difficulties in mechanics of high temperature materials Understand engineering applications of high temperature materials and their operating conditions.
Class 2 Controlling factors in high temperature strength - Variety and application of high temperature metallic materials - Strengthening mechanism of high temperature materials Know variety and application of high temperature metallic materials employed in actual components.
Class 3 Materials deformation under high temperature - Tensile property under high temperature - Elastic and plastic deformation in high temperature materials - Creep deformation in high temperature materials Understand various deformation behaviors of high temperature materials.
Class 4 Stress analysis for high temperature deformation - Basic concept for stress analysis - Stress relaxation induced by creep deformation - Elastic follow-up mechanism Confirm the essential of stress strain relationship and understand the creep deformation, stress relaxation and elastic follow up mechanism.
Class 5 Thermal stress and thermal fatigue - Thermal stress - Thermal fatigue - Thermal stress ratchet Understand thermal stress and thermal fatigue as well as ratcheting phenomenon.
Class 6 High temperature fatigue - Essential of fatigue failure - Fatigue damage of high temperature materials Understand the essential of fatigue failure and fatigue damage of high temperature materials.
Class 7 Creep damage and creep-fatigue interaction - Basics of creep failure - Creep-fatigue interaction Understand the essentials of creep failure and creep-fatigue interation.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Specified by the academic supervisor as necessary.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Specified by the academic supervisor as necessary.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course score are based on mid-term report (50%) and final report (50%).

Related courses

  • MEC.C201 : Mechanics of Materials
  • MEC.C211 : Theory of Elasticity and Plasticity
  • MEC.C331 : Strength and Fracture of Materials (Mechanical Engineering)
  • MEC.C431 : Mechanics of Composite Materials
  • MEC.C432 : Structural Integrity Assessment
  • MEC.C433 : Solid Dynamics

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Basically, students need to acquire the credits of the 400 level courses relating to mechanics of materials; MEC.C431, MEC.C432 and MEC.C433.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Motoki SAKAGUCHI (sakaguchi[at]mep.titech.ac.jp)

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