Symposium on Teaching of Materials: Aspects of Materials Behavior Significant to Engineers

by J. M. Frankland,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1962, Vol. 88, Issue 4, Pg. 75-82

Document Type: Journal Paper


The importance to engineers of a broad understanding of the mechanical behavior of materials is emphasized with particular regard to its place in engineering education. It is suggested that what is needed by the engineer is to know what significant questions to put to materials specialists. The engineer should be able to interpret the results of mechanical tests, and to relate these to service conditions. A variety of particular problems in the mechanics of materials are discussed briefly, and it is pointed out that although our knowledge is advancing rapidly, most of these questions are only partially resolved. It is suggested that emphasis in teaching be put primarily on the experimental facts, rather than on speculative hypotheses.

Subject Headings: Material properties | Engineering education | Mechanical properties

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