This review paper presents some of the highlights of the engineering features of brittle fracture together with a summary of some of the current theories, including the recent Cottrell Theory. In an attempt to interpret recent data in the light of the Cottrell theory it is concluded that some modifications in the theory are required to explain recent experimental results. Nevertheless, the dislocation picture of brittle fracture has been very helpful in providing a theoretical framework for the fracture mechanisms, and it is expected that these concepts will be continually developed with more theoretical and experimental work.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Civil Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139

    Ship Structure Committee

    National Academy of Science, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20418
  • Authors:
    • Averbach, B L
  • Publication Date: 1960-2-23

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331909
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Ship Structure Committee
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SSC-120
  • Contract Numbers: NObs-72046
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM