Fracture mechanics is a design philosophy which has evolved over the three decades since World War II and is beginning to find use in standard design. This concept for fracture-safe design recognizes the general existence of flaws in engineering materials and provides an analytical basis for prediction of the mechanical behavior of a structure constructed of a flaw-bearing material. This article reviews the basic concepts of fracture mechanics. The material parameters such as plan-strain fracture toughness are derived. The impact of fracture mechanics on engineering practice, i.e. material selection and fabrication, mechanical and structural design, and nondestructive testing is also examined. /Author/

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    National Research Council of Canada

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  • Authors:
    • Bassim, M N
    • Hay, D R
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

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  • Accession Number: 00096225
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1975 12:00AM