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Structural integrity is the study of the safe design and assessment of components and structures under load, and has become increasingly important in engineering design. The Structural Integrity-Designing Against Failure programme from The Open University UK integrates aspects of stress analysis, materials behaviour and the mechanics of failure into the engineering design process.


The Structural Integrity-Designing Against Failure module from The Open University UK is well-illustrated with case studies, and will be of interest to anyone associated with the design of any component or structure that experiences loading, and will be of benefit in developing skills in the analysis and assessment of product design. It has universal applicability in the UK and across international boundaries.

Modules count towards OU qualifications

OU qualifications are modular in structure; the credits from this undergraduate-level module could count towards a certificate of higher education, diploma of higher education, foundation degree or honours degree.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 9 months
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

The module has two main themes:

Stress analysis

The concepts within stress analysis have wide applicability, as there are very few manufactured components and products that do not experience any loading during their life. The module starts with an introduction to the fundamentals of stress analysis, in obtaining stresses from known loads, describing the stress state at a point in a component, and relating stress and strain in a material.

Fracture mechanics

The module then moves on to look at concepts of fracture mechanics. These concepts need to be understood in order to design components that do not fail under their design load, particularly when fatigue loading or environmental effects may have impaired the component’s load-bearing capability. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You should be able to:

  • describe the concept of stress in an engineering context
  • describe the concept of strain, and its relation to stress through the Young’s modulus of a material
  • recognise the names of common metals, ceramics and polymers
  • distinguish between metals, ceramics and polymers in terms of their atomic and molecular structure, and understand how the atomic-level structure and microstructure of a solid material relates to its physical properties
  • identify, from a curve of engineering stress against engineering strain for an elastic material, the Young’s modulus, yield stress and tensile strength of the material
  • describe the mechanisms of creep, corrosion and fatigue in materials

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1464 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1464 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 9 months.
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