EMA 611, Advanced Mechanical Testing of Materials
Department of Engineering Physics, Engineering Mechanics Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Prerequisites: EMA 307 or equiv.; EMA 506; or consent of instructor;
Time and place: 2:30-3:45 MW, B321 Engineering Hall (EH). Labs and lectures will be in B321 EH, in 1313 EH or in 212 ERB as announced. Observe If you have to leave a little early to take EMA 569, that is OK.
Instructor: Rod Lakes, Professor. Office-541 ERB. Office phone (608) 265-8697; fax: (608) 263-7451. mail

Goals: To prepare seniors and graduate students to do advanced design using engineering materials or do research in connection with mechanical properties of materials; development of physical insight.
Materials studied. Materials to be studied include heterogeneous materials including some materials used in aircraft and spacecraft.
Laboratory reports: Reports are due in class two weeks after the last laboratory session for a particular topic is held, with the exception of final project reports. The due date for the last labs, the holography and resonant ultrasound labs, is the last Wednesday of the semester at 3:30 PM. Report grades will be reduced by 5% per working day (Monday-Friday) of additional delay. Spring break and legal holidays are not counted in determining the due date. It is recommended that attention be directed toward the preparation of clear, understandable reports. For lab reports, share the data and write one report per person: do your own writing and do your own graph plotting. Check the report for quality before submitting it.
    The final project report due date is the last Wednesday of the semester at 3:30 PM. For the final project report, the report writing may be a cooperative effort. Write all group member names on the face page of the report. The absolute final deadline is the last class day at 3:30 PM. After that, no reports are accepted.
    Reports must be in paper form, not electronic and not partial. Single space is OK; double sided is OK.
  Short homework assignments (hand written is OK unless otherwise stated) are due in class one week after they are assigned. Spring break and legal holidays are not counted in determining the due date.
Grading: Grading is based on written laboratory reports, project report, and on homework and quizzes. The scale is 90-100% - A, etc.
Textbook: none
Graphs. It is recommended that graphics software be used to prepare graphs. Before submitting reports, please study the notes on graph quality. For those who use KaleidaGraph to draw graphs, this software can import data from text files or from Excel. Here are links to tutorial 1 link, tutorial 2 pdf.
Experiments will be selected from the following. For data capture, please bring a blank PC (FAT) format USB thumb drive to lab. Lab 1 Lab 2 Lab 3 Lab 4 Lab 5 A group project will also be done.
Electronics: Laptop computers may at times be used for data capture. Devices may be used to photograph equipment setup. To maintain lab safety, other uses of phones are for outside class. Distraction and multitasking can have disastrous consequences.

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled", Richard Feynman. Reference: Feynman's analysis of the space shuttle Challenger explosion, described in the book Feynman, R., "What do you care what other people think".
  "Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavor. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations."Einstein, A.,   quote link 1
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