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Title: Lecture Notes on Fracture Mechanics
Authors: Zehnder, Alan
Keywords: fracture
fracture toughness
energy release rate
stress intensity factor
J integral
fracture criteria
ductile fracture
brittle fracture
cohesive zone
small scale yielding
large scale yielding
crack stability
plastic zone
crack tip
Dugdale model
toughness test
computational fracture
domain integral
modified crack closure
nodal release
Issue Date: 30-Jul-2009
Abstract: This book is written for students who want to understand, apply and contribute to the vast and growing field of fracture mechanics. The emphasis is on mechanics models for crack tip fields and energy flows. A brief discussion of computational fracture methods is given along with applied aspects such as fracture toughness testing and fracture criteria. As I intend to update the notes, I would be happy to take any suggestions or corrections and am open to collaboration to expand the coverage.
Description: This item was removed by request of the Author on 3/28/2012. An electronic copy of this work is now available at
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