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SE2139 Fracture Mechanics 6.0 credits

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Fract Mech programme students


For course offering

Spring 2025 Fract Mech programme students

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For course offering

Spring 2025 Fract Mech programme students


Jonas Faleskog (


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SE2139 (Spring 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course covers phenomenological theories for fracture in solids containing sharp cracks and how to apply this knowledge in the design of engineering structures.

Intended learning outcomes

The loss of functionality of engineering structures typically occurs by failure due to instabilities or to cracking. The latter case is controlled by growth of cracks that nucleate or by growth of existing cracks to a critical size. The critical size is governed by the toughness of the material and the type of loading, which increase in time. The strong development of both analytical and numerical methods now makes it possible for engineers to analyse structures with defects such as cracks and to predict critical loads. The course aims at giving a fundamental understanding of material failure by cracking and operational skills in to assess defect structures.

After the course, the participants should be able to

  • Identify and describe different failure mechanisms in materials and engineering structures.
  • Explain how a crack affects an engineering structure and describe the state of stress and strain that may arise in the vicinity of a crack front in different materials.
  • Apply different methods to calculate the crack driving force in linear and nonlinear materials and formulate appropriate fracture criteria for stationary and growing cracks in such materials.
  • Evaluate fracture toughness data for stationary and growing cracks from linear and nonlinear fracture tests.
  • Examine whether a crack will grow in a stable or unstable manner.
  • Describe and explain the theoretical background of linear and nonlinear fracture mechanics.
  • Analyse well defined fracture mechanics problems for both linear and nonlinear materials subjected to both monotonic loading.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

English B / English 6

The course requires the knowedge from a basic course such as SE1010, SE1020 or SE1055. The content corresponding to the course SE1025 FEM for engineering aplications is expected as known.

Recommended prerequisites

SE1010, SE1020, SE1021 or SE1055 Basic course in solid mechanics and
SE1025 FEM for engineering applications


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • HEM1 - Assignments, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

HEM1 - Home Assignment, 3.0, grade scale: P, F
TEN1 - Examination, 3.0, grade scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Jonas Faleskog (