Linear fracture mechanics

  • Dietmar GrossEmail author
  • Thomas Seelig
Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)


We now turn to the description of the crack behavior. From a macroscopic, continuum mechanical viewpoint, we consider a crack as a cut in a body. Its opposite boundaries are the crack surfaces which are also called crack faces or crack flanks (Fig. 4.1). In general they are traction-free. The crack ends at the crack front or crack tip.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Solid MechanicsTU DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.Karlsruhe University (KIT)Institute of MechanicsKarslruheGermany

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