Crack Propagation in Naval Aluminum Panels
A ship structure can be regarded as a complex assemblage of continuous stiffened plates. The most common mode of failure of such plates is fracture. Crack propagation and arrest in naval aluminum panels, however, has not been an area of in-depth research. As a consequence, the increased use of aluminum in the shipbuilding industry is highly dependent on the understanding of the fracture mechanics that govern naval aluminum panels, given that the vessels operate in extreme environmental and functional conditions that may lead to the loss of the entire structure.
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