Fracture Kinetics of Crack Growth

  • A. S. Krausz
  • K. Krausz

Part of the Mechanical Behavior of Materials book series (MBOM, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Back Matter
    Pages 137-181

About this book


Over the past few years, we have made numerous presentations, delivered several series of lectures, and participated in many discussions on the processes of time-dependent crack growth. We felt that the understanding of these processes had reached a degree of maturity: the basic physical principles were established and their application to engineering practice was now feasible. We concluded that the best way to organize this knowledge was to write it up in a single, coherent system. Martinus Nijhoff kindly encouraged us and generously offered their collaboration. Hence, this book. The physical process of time-dependent subcritical crack growth is rigorously defined by statistical mechanics. If well presented, the principles can be readily understood by practitioners of fracture research and design engineers. We present the physical processes of crack growth in terms of atomic interactions that assume only a working knowledge of the standard engineering materials course contents. From this, we develop a framework that is valid for any type of material, be it metallic, polymeric, ceramic, glass or mineral - indeed, any solid. We also assume an elementary exposure to fracture mechanics. An appendix is provided that outlines those aspects of fracture mechanics that are needed for an introduction to fracture kinetics analyses; it also provides a common ground for concepts and terminology (see Appendix A). We proceed through theory to applications that are of interest in research, development and design, as well as in test and operating engineering practice.


composite composite material composite materials fatigue fracture mechanics kinetics mechanics

Authors and affiliations

  • A. S. Krausz
    • 1
  • K. Krausz
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringUniversity of OttawaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7116-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1381-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0923-6759
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