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Fracture Mechanics


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Table of Contents

Introduction. History and Overview. Fundamental Concepts. Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics. Elastic-Plastic Fracture Mechanics. Dynamic and Time-Dependent Fracture Mechanics. Material Behavior. Fracture Mechanics in Metals. Fracture Mechanics in Nonmetals. Applications. Fracture Toughness Testing of Metals. Fracture Testing of Nonmetals. Application to Structures. Fatigue Crack Propagation. Environmentally Assisted Cracking in Metals. Computational Fracture Mechanics. Practice Problems

About the Author

Dr. Anderson is an internationally recognized expert in fracture mechanics and fitness-for-service methods. In addition to his best-selling book on fracture mechanics, Dr. Anderson has authored over 100 papers and 3 book chapters. During his career, he has held positions at a number of organizations, including TWI, Texas A&M University, Quest Integrity and Team Industrial Services. He founded a consulting and software company in 1995, which was acquired by Quest Integrity in 2007. Recently, Dr. Anderson returned to independent consulting. For more information about Dr. Anderson, visit his website at


"This book presents a good cross section of theoretical and practical material, providing the student with a good grounding in the fundamentals as well as examples and opportunities to practice solving engineering problems related to fracture. I especially like the historical approach taken in this book, which shows how the field has developed rapidly over the past 75 years. This gives the student an appreciation of how recently the field has emerged and how it is still evolving."
- Michael H. Santare, University of Delaware, USA

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