AAE 59000 / MSE 59700: Dynamic Behavior of Materials


Materials' responses to high-rate loading are different from their quasi-static behavior. Applications of materials in structures subjected to impact loading require the understanding of dynamic material behavior when they are loaded by impact, crash, high-speed machining, or earthquakes. This course introduces stress wave propagation in solids, high-rate experimental methods, dynamic material behavior and deformation mechanisms, and dynamic fracture.

Format 3 hrs lecture per week
Credit hours 3
Status Elective, Structures and Materials
Offered Fall 2005
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Course Instructor Professor Chen
Text None
Assessment Method Grading is weighted 20% on homework, 40% on a project, 20% on an in-class mid-term, and 20% on a final exam

Course Objective: To introduce students to the mechanical behavior of materials and the associated deformation/failure mechanisms under high-rate loading.

Necessary Background: Students should be senior or graduate standing in AAE or MSE.


  1. Stress waves in solids
    • Uniaxial stress and uniaxial strain waves
    • Three-dimensional wave propagation
    • Guided waves
  1. Experimental methods for high-rate behavior characterization
    • Charpy tests
    • Split Hopkinson (Kolsky) bars
    • Dynamic fracture toughness
    • Plate impact
  1. High-strain-rate constitutive behavior of materials; Polymers, metals, ceramics, tissues.