Material Damage and Continuum Damage Mechanics

  • Sumio MurakamiEmail author
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 185)


Continuum damage mechanics is a mechanical theory for analyzing damage and fracture processes in materials from a continuum mechanics point of view. The present chapter starts with the notion of material damage and that of continuum damage mechanics. Section 1.1 is concerned with the definition of damage, its mechanical aspects observed in different scales, the physical mechanisms of damage development, and its examples encountered in the engineering problems of strength and fracture. In Section 1.2, furthermore, fundamental notion of continuum damage mechanics and of the mechanical procedures of its formulation and applications will be discussed.


Representative Volume Element Fatigue Damage Cycle Fatigue High Cycle Fatigue Creep Damage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

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