Introduction and General Overview

  • Jan Hult
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 295)


Continuum damage mechanics (CDM) has evolved as a means to analyse the effect of material deterioration in solids under mechanical or thermal load. Whereas fracture mechanics deals with the influence of macroscopic cracks, CDM deals with the collective effect of distributed cracklike defects. The aim of CDM is to describe the influence of such material damage on stiffness and strength of loaded structures.


Effective Stress Fibre Bundle General Overview Nominal Stress Creep Rupture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Hult
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  1. 1.Chalmers University of TechnologyGothenburgSweden

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