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The Practical Use of Fracture Mechanics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. David Broek
    Pages 1-21
  3. David Broek
    Pages 22-47
  4. David Broek
    Pages 48-87
  5. David Broek
    Pages 88-122
  6. David Broek
    Pages 123-167
  7. David Broek
    Pages 168-207
  8. David Broek
    Pages 208-242
  9. David Broek
    Pages 243-281
  10. David Broek
    Pages 282-331
  11. David Broek
    Pages 332-361
  12. David Broek
    Pages 362-390
  13. David Broek
    Pages 391-423
  14. David Broek
    Pages 443-484
  15. David Broek
    Pages 485-513
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 515-522

About this book


This book is about the use of fracture mechanics for the solution of practical problems; academic rigor is not at issue and dealt with only in as far as it improves insight and understanding; it often concerns secondary errors in engineering. Knowledge of (ignorance of) such basic input as loads and stresses in practical cases may cause errors far overshadowing those introduced by shortcomings of fracture mechanics and necessary approximations; this is amply demonstrated in the text. I have presented more than three dozen 40-hour courses on fracture mechanics and damage tolerance analysis, so that I have probably more experience in teaching the subject than anyone else. I learned more than the students, and became cognizant of difficulties and of the real concerns in applications. In particular I found, how a subject should be explained to appeal to the practicing engineer to demonstrate that his practical problem can indeed be solved with engineering methods. This experience is reflected in the presenta­ tions in this book. Sufficient background is provided for an understanding of the issues, but pragamatism prevails. Mathematics cannot be avoided, but they are presented in a way that appeals to insight and intuition, in lieu of formal derivations which would show but the mathematical skill of the writer.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.FractuREsearch Inc.GalenaUSA

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