Fracture mechanics

  title={Fracture mechanics},
  author={F. Erdogan},
In this article, after a brief description of some signi®cant catastrophic structural failures going back to the period when iron and steel began to replace wood and masonry as the primary structural materials, the historical development of the ®eld of fracture mechanics is discussed. First, the basic concepts of the ®eld, the motivation underlying their development and the key contributions made in the area are brie ̄y described. A summary of the key engineering applications of fracture… CONTINUE READING

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