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Finite Elements in Fracture Mechanics

Theory - Numerics - Applications

  • Winner of the TAA 2014 “Texty” Textbook Excellence Award

  • Unique presentation, from fracture mechanics basics up to advanced FEM techniques

  • Combination of fundamental mechanics theory with requirements for practical engineers

  • Densely illustrated


Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 201)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Meinhard Kuna
    Pages 1-11
  3. Meinhard Kuna
    Pages 13-20
  4. Meinhard Kuna
    Pages 21-151
  5. Meinhard Kuna
    Pages 153-192
  6. Meinhard Kuna
    Pages 327-359
  7. Meinhard Kuna
    Pages 361-389
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 391-447

About this book


Fracture mechanics has established itself as an important discipline of growing interest to those working to assess the safety, reliability and service life of engineering structures and materials. In order to calculate the loading situation at cracks and defects, nowadays numerical techniques like finite element method (FEM) have become indispensable tools for a broad range of applications. The present monograph provides an introduction to the essential concepts of fracture mechanics, its main goal being to procure the special techniques for FEM analysis of crack problems, which have to date only been mastered by experts. All kinds of static, dynamic and fatigue fracture problems are treated in two- and three-dimensional elastic and plastic structural components. The usage of the various solution techniques is demonstrated by means of sample problems selected from practical engineering case studies. The primary target group includes graduate students, researchers in academia and engineers in practice.


Crack Analysis Crack Propagations Fatigue and Reliability Finite Element Method Fracture Mechanics Fracture Processes Strength Theory Stress Analyses of Cracks Structural Safety

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inst für Mechanik und FluiddynamikTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

About the authors

After studying physics at the University of Magdeburg, Prof. Dr. Meinhard Kuna worked as researcher and group leader at the Academy of Sciences of GDR (Institute of Solid State Physics and Electron Microscopy) in Halle. At the university of Halle he graduated with PhD Thesis (1978) and habilitation (1991) in the field of numerical methods in fracture mechanics. After German reunification, he became head of department at Fraunhofer institute for Mechanics of Materials Freiburg/Halle and later at MPA Stuttgart. Since 1997 he is full Professor for Applied Mechanics and Solid Mechanics at TU Bergakademie Freiberg.
Prof. Kuna established an internationally recognized research group dealing with computational methods in fracture mechanics, damage mechanics and modelling of materials. His projects are devoted both to fundamental research and industrial applications, ranging from nuclear waste casks, piezoelectric materials to microelectronic devices.

Prof. Kuna published about 240 papers and one monograph. He organized several national and international scientific conferences on fracture mechanics and is member of Editorial Boards in international journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Finite Elements in Fracture Mechanics
  • Book Subtitle Theory - Numerics - Applications
  • Authors Meinhard Kuna
  • Series Title Solid Mechanics and Its Applications
  • Series Abbreviated Title Solid Mechanics, Applicat.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-94-007-6679-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-007-9873-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-007-6680-8
  • Series ISSN 0925-0042
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXV, 447
  • Number of Illustrations 76 b/w illustrations, 201 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Solid Mechanics
    Materials Science, general
    Computational Science and Engineering
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From the reviews:

“The main part of the book is focused on specific numerical techniques to analyze plane and spatial crack problems in elastic and plastic materials. The textbook is addressed to graduate students of engineering courses. It can be helpful also for engineers in design and computation departments of many industrial branches. The book should build a bridge for material scientists and material engineers to use numerical techniques for material modeling.” (Ján Sládek, zbMATH, Vol. 1277, 2014)