Mechanics of Creep Brittle Materials 1

  • A. C. F. Cocks
  • A. R. S. Ponter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Crack Propagation in Creeping Bodies

    1. P. B. Hirsch, S. G. Roberts, J. Samuels, P. D. Warren
      Pages 1-12
    2. G. A. Webster
      Pages 36-49
  3. Deformation and Failure of Engineering Ceramics

    1. J. D. Snedden, C. D. Sinclair
      Pages 99-116
    2. J. L. Henshall, G. M. Carter, R. M. Hooper
      Pages 117-128
    3. T. E. Chung, T. J. Davies
      Pages 129-140
    4. Christian Mai, Hamid Satha, Serge Etienne, Joseph Perez
      Pages 141-151
  4. Ice Mechanisms and Mechanics

  5. The Growth of Continuum Damage in Creeping Materials

    1. P. F. Aplin, G. F. Eggeler
      Pages 245-261
    2. Erik van der Giessen, Viggo Tvergaard
      Pages 277-289
    3. N. A. Fleck
      Pages 290-309

About this book


Failure of components which operate in the creep range can result either from the growth of a dominant crack or through the accumulation of 'damage' in the material. Conventional and nuclear power generating plant are generally designed on the basis of continuum failure, with assessment routes providing an indication of the effects of flaws on component performance. Another example where an understanding of creep failure is important is in the design of offshore structures which operate in arctic waters. These structures can be subjected to quite considerable forces by wind-driven ice sheets, which are limited by failure of the ice sheet. Design codes are currently being developed which identify the different mechanisms of failure, ranging from continuum crushing to radial cracking and buckling of the ice sheet. Our final example concerns engineering ceramics, which are currently being considered for use in a wide range of high-temperature applications. A major problem preventing an early adoption of these materials is their brittle response at high stresses, although they can behave in a ductile manner at lower stresses. In each of the above situations an understanding of the processes of fast fracture, creep crack growth and continuum failure is required, and in particular an understanding of the material and structural features that influence the transition from brittle to ductile behaviour. The translation of this information to component design is most advanced for metallic components.



Editors and affiliations

  • A. C. F. Cocks
    • 1
  • A. R. S. Ponter
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EngineeringUniversity of LeicesterUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6994-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1117-8
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