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Fracture Mechanics

Zehnder, Alan T.

2012, XIV, 226 p.

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  • Strikes the right balance in integrating theory, experiment and computational methods for fracture
  • Offers a concise and class-tested introduction to fracture mechanics
  • Of interest to researchers and students in mechanical engineering, materials science and physics

Fracture mechanics is a vast and growing field. This book develops the basic elements needed for both fracture research and engineering practice. The emphasis is on continuum mechanics models for energy flows and crack-tip stress- and deformation fields in elastic and elastic-plastic materials. In addition to a brief discussion of computational fracture methods, the text includes practical sections on fracture criteria, fracture toughness testing, and methods for measuring stress intensity factors and energy release rates. Class-tested at Cornell, this book is designed for students, researchers and practitioners interested in understanding and contributing to a diverse and vital field of knowledge.

Alan Zehnder joined the faculty at Cornell University in 1988. Since then he has served in a number of leadership roles including Chair of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  He teaches applied mechanics and his research topics focus on fracture, experimental mechanics and nonlinear dynamics of nanomechanical oscillators.  He was awarded the 1988 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize for his Optical Engineering paper on optical methods in dynamic-fracture experimentation.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » computational fracture methods - elastic fracture - fracture mechanics introduced - fracture mechanics introduction - fracture mechanics lecture notes - fracture toughness testing - modeling crack tip fields - modeling energy flows

Related subjects » Classical Continuum Physics - Computational Science & Engineering - Mechanics - Structural Materials - Theoretical, Mathematical & Computational Physics

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