Problems of Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue

A Solution Guide

  • Emmanuel E. Gdoutos
  • Chris A. Rodopoulos
  • John R. Yates

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Fracture Mechanics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Linear Elastic Stress Field

    3. Elastic-Plastic Stress Field

    4. Strain Energy Release Rate

    5. Critical Stress Intensity Factor Fracture Criterion

      1. E. E. Gdoutos
        Pages 161-162
      2. E. E. Gdoutos
        Pages 163-168
      3. A. Carpinteri, B. Chiaia, P. Cornetti
        Pages 173-176
      4. A. Carpinteri, B. Chiaia, P. Cornetti
        Pages 177-181
      5. A. Carpinteri, B. Chiaia, P. Cornetti
        Pages 183-187
      6. E. E. Gdoutos
        Pages 189-192
      7. E. E. Gdoutos
        Pages 193-195
    6. J-integral and Crack Opening Displacement Fracture Criteria

      1. E. E. Gdoutos
        Pages 207-209
      2. E. E. Gdoutos
        Pages 211-218
      3. L. Banks-Sills
        Pages 219-222
      4. E. E. Gdoutos
        Pages 223-228

About this book


On Fracture Mechanics A major objective of engineering design is the determination of the geometry and dimensions of machine or structural elements and the selection of material in such a way that the elements perform their operating function in an efficient, safe and economic manner. For this reason the results of stress analysis are coupled with an appropriate failure criterion. Traditional failure criteria based on maximum stress, strain or energy density cannot adequately explain many structural failures that occurred at stress levels considerably lower than the ultimate strength of the material. On the other hand, experiments performed by Griffith in 1921 on glass fibers led to the conclusion that the strength of real materials is much smaller, typically by two orders of magnitude, than the theoretical strength. The discipline of fracture mechanics has been created in an effort to explain these phenomena. It is based on the realistic assumption that all materials contain crack-like defects from which failure initiates. Defects can exist in a material due to its composition, as second-phase particles, debonds in composites, etc. , they can be introduced into a structure during fabrication, as welds, or can be created during the service life of a component like fatigue, environment-assisted or creep cracks. Fracture mechanics studies the loading-bearing capacity of structures in the presence of initial defects. A dominant crack is usually assumed to exist.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Emmanuel E. Gdoutos
    • 1
  • Chris A. Rodopoulos
    • 2
  • John R. Yates
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EngineeringDemocritus University of ThraceXanthiGreece
  2. 2.Structural Integrity Research Institute of the University of Sheffield, Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe University of SheffieldSheffieldUK
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringThe University of SheffieldSheffieldUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6491-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-2774-7
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