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Fractography and Failure Analysis


Part of the Structural Integrity book series (STIN, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Jorge Luis González-Velázquez
    Pages 1-20
  3. Jorge Luis González-Velázquez
    Pages 21-47
  4. Jorge Luis González-Velázquez
    Pages 49-69
  5. Jorge Luis González-Velázquez
    Pages 71-95
  6. Jorge Luis González-Velázquez
    Pages 97-123
  7. Jorge Luis González-Velázquez
    Pages 125-164
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 165-165

About this book


This book presents fractography and failure analysis at a level that is accessible for non-expert readers, without losing scientific rigor. It offers a comprehensive description of fracture surfaces in engineering materials, with an emphasis on metals, and of the methodology for the observation of fracture surfaces. It also discusses in detail the main fracture mechanisms and their corresponding fracture surfaces, including brittle, ductile, fatigue, and environmental fractures. The last chapter is dedicated to the use of fractography in determining of the causes component failure.
In modern engineering, the analysis of fractured components is a common practice in many fields, such as integrity management systems, materials science research, and failure investigations. As such this book is useful for engineers, scientists, engineering students, loss adjuster surveyors and any professional dealing with fractured components.


Fractography Failure mechanics Fracture mechanics Engineering failures Structural Integrity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Engineering in Metallurgy and MaterialsInstituto Politécnico NacionalMexico CityMexico

About the authors

Jorge Luis Gonzalez Velazquez is a metallurgical engineer and Master of Science from the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) of Mexico, and Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut in the USA. His postdoctoral research was on environmentally assisted cracking in Japan. Currently, he is a professor and researcher at the Metallurgy and Materials Department of the IPN and director of the Mechanical Integrity Assessment Group, an organization with over 200 researchers and engineers housed at the IPN and with more than 20 years of experience in research and providing fitness-for-service, fracture, fracture mechanics and failure analysis services for the oil and gas industry in Mexico and other countries. He has published several books on fracture mechanics, mechanical metallurgy and pipeline engineering in Spanish.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Fractography and Failure Analysis
  • Authors Jorge Luis González-Velázquez
  • Series Title Structural Integrity
  • Series Abbreviated Title Structural Integrity
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-76650-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09545-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-76651-5
  • Series ISSN 2522-560X
  • Series E-ISSN 2522-5618
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 165
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Solid Mechanics
    Structural Materials
    Mechanical Engineering
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