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Unit Overview


This unit is designed to address the failure and damage of materials and structures due to fatigue and cracking, and relevant methods used to prevent such failures. The unit covers topics including stress concentration due to crack-like defects; stress corrosion cracking; fatigue and cracking due to welding; fracture control and prevention. In addition, the unit covers design standards such as ASTM and relevant design codes, and materials selection to avoid fatigue and cracking.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify types of material/structural damage associated with fatigue and cracking; (2) describe the mechanisms governing various types of fracture of materials due to fatigue and cracking; (3) provide plausible explanations to the underlying cause(s) of an identified problem; (4) apply various design equations against fatigue and cracking; (5) formulate a solution to rectify/prevent the identified damage; (6) describe relevant material testing methods for design applications; (7) locate and evaluate literature relevant to the unit content; (8) work effectively in a diverse team to achieve professional outcomes; and (9) communicate effectively through concise written technical reports, using discourse conventions relevant to the discipline.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports; (2) individual project assignment; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Xiao Zhi Hu
Unit rules
Enrolment in 62550 Master of Professional Engineering
Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
and Successful completion of
120 Points
and MECH2002 Engineering Materials 2
and GENG2004 Solid Mechanics
Advisable prior study
ENSC2004 Engineering Mechanics, ENSC3002 Materials and Manufacturing
or MECH2002 Engineering Materials 2, ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
or GENG2004 Solid Mechanics
Contact hours
lectures, practical classes and laboratories
The unit will be offered in alternate years, beginning in 2023.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.