© 2001

Physical Aspects of Fracture

  • Elisabeth Bouchaud
  • Dominique Jeulin
  • Claude Prioul
  • Stéphane Roux

Part of the NATO Science Series book series (NAII, volume 32)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Opening Overview New trends in Fracture Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James R. Rice
      Pages 3-11
  3. Brittle Fracture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Dominique Francois, André Pineau
      Pages 15-33
    3. H. O. K. Kirchner
      Pages 47-57
    4. Alex Hansen
      Pages 59-72
    5. Florian Lehner, Mark Kachanov
      Pages 73-75
    6. G. Pijaudier-Cabot, C. Le Bellego, B. Gerard
      Pages 77-84
  4. Ductile Fracture

About this book


The main scope of this Cargese NATO Advanced Study Institute (June 5-17 2000) was to bring together a number of international experts, covering a large spectrum of the various Physical Aspects of Fracture. As a matter of fact, lecturers as well as participants were coming from various scientific communities: mechanics, physics, materials science, with the common objective of progressing towards a multi-scale description of fracture. This volume includes papers on most materials of practical interest: from concrete to ceramics through metallic alloys, glasses, polymers and composite materials. The classical fields of damage and fracture mechanisms are addressed (critical and sub-critical quasi-static crack propagation, stress corrosion, fatigue, fatigue-corrosion . . . . as well as dynamic fracture). Brittle and ductile fractures are considered and a balance has been carefully kept between experiments, simulations and theoretical models, and between the contributions of the various communities. New topics in damage and fracture mechanics - the effect of disorder and statistical aspects, dynamic fracture, friction and fracture of interfaces - were also explored. This large overview on the Physical Aspects of Fracture shows that the old barriers built between the different scales will soon "fracture". It is no more unrealistic to imagine that a crack initiated through a molecular dynamics description could be propagated at the grain level thanks to dislocation dynamics included in a crystal plasticity model, itself implemented in a finite element code. Linking what happens at the atomic scale to fracture of structures as large as a dam is the new emerging challenge.


alloy ceramics crystal fatigue fracture mechanics modeling polymer spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Elisabeth Bouchaud
    • 1
  • Dominique Jeulin
    • 2
  • Claude Prioul
    • 3
  • Stéphane Roux
    • 4
  1. 1.Service de Physique et Chimie des Surfaces et des Interfaces, Direction des Sciences de la Matière, CEASaclayFrance
  2. 2.Centre de Morphologie Mathématique, Unité Mixte de Recherche CNRSEcole des Mines ParisFrance
  3. 3.Université Paris 13 and Laboratoire Mécanique des Sols, Structures et Matériaux, Unité Mixte de Recherche CNRSEcole Centrale ParisFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire Surface du Verre et Interfaces, Unité Mixte de Recherche CNRSSt-GobainFrance

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