Materials Science and Testing

Students learn about the importance of understanding how materials react to the environment in which they are used. This theory and practice course lays the necessary foundation for understanding the science behind internal axial load, shear, and bending on simple structural material. The effects on materials are expressed quantitatively in terms of stress and strain using mathematical and physical analysis through testing. Students assess the adequacy of beams, columns, and shafts to theoretically predict various failure modes based on standards. Students carry out a number of experiments that help them to understand and visualize how structural materials and soils behave under various conditions.