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Mesoscopic theory of microcracks

@article{Papenfuss2002MesoscopicTO,
  title={Mesoscopic theory of microcracks},
  author={Christina Papenfuss and P{\'e}ter V{\'a}n and Wolfgang Muschik},
  journal={Archives of Mechanics},
  year={2002},
  volume={55},
  pages={481-499}
}
The mesoscopic concept is a way to deal with complex materials with an internal structure within continuum mechanics. It consists of extending the domain of the balance equations by mesoscopic variables and of introducing a local distribution function of these variables as a statistical element. In our case microcracks are modelled as penny-shaped and are completely characterized by their diameter and the unit normal to the crack surface. Two examples of crack dynamics are given as well as a… 

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