Fracture Mechanics

  • Alan T.┬áZehnder

Part of the Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics book series (LNACM, volume 62)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
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  3. Alan T. Zehnder
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  4. Alan T. Zehnder
    Pages 33-54
  5. Alan T. Zehnder
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 221-223

About this book


Fracture mechanics is a vast and growing field. This book develops the basic elements needed for both fracture research and engineering practice. The emphasis is on continuum mechanics models for energy flows and crack-tip stress- and deformation fields in elastic and elastic-plastic materials. In addition to a brief discussion of computational fracture methods, the text includes practical sections on fracture criteria, fracture toughness testing, and methods for measuring stress intensity factors and energy release rates. Class-tested at Cornell, this book is designed for students, researchers and practitioners interested in understanding and contributing to a diverse and vital field of knowledge.

Alan Zehnder joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1988. Since then he has served in a number of leadership roles including Chair of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He teaches applied mechanics and his research topics focus on fracture, experimental mechanics and nonlinear dynamics of nanomechanical oscillators.  He was awarded the 1988 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize for his Optical Engineering paper on optical methods in dynamic-fracture experimentation.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Alan T.┬áZehnder
    • 1
  1. 1., Sibley School of Mechanical andCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-2594-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-2595-9
  • Series Print ISSN 1613-7736
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-0816
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