This course covers the theory of elastic and plastic deformation in materials, and the vital role played by crystal defects.

Part 1 (compulsory): Prof. Adrian Sutton
16 lectures and 4 rapid feedback sessions, autumn term

  • Structural versus functional materials
  • Defects in crystals
  • Elastic fields
  • Elastic Green’s function
  • Plastic deformation of crystals
  • Dislocations

Part 2 (optional advanced): Dr Daniel Balint

8 discussion classes, spring term

  • Complex variable analysis of linear elasticity
  • Method of analytic continuation
  • Modelling cracks
  • Dislocation plasticity