Griffith Theory of Fracture
- Alan T. ZehnderAffiliated withField of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University Email author
The Griffith theory states that a crack will propagate when the reduction in potential energy that occurs due to crack growth is greater than or equal to the increase in surface energy due to the creation of new free surfaces. This theory is applicable to elastic materials that fracture in a brittle fashion.
Through a series of experiments, stress analyses, and synthesis of prior work, in his remarkable paper Griffith (1921) developed the fundamental concept that underlies the modern theory of linear elastic fracture mechanics. His theory is based on balancing the reduction of potential energy that occurs during fracture with the increase in surface energy due to the creation of new free surfaces when a crack grows.
The energy release rate, G, is defined as the energy that flows to the crack tip per unit of new crack surface created. An energy balance shows th ...
- Griffith Theory of Fracture
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- Encyclopedia of Tribology
- pp 1570-1573
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- 1. Department of Mechanical Engineering and Center for Surface Engineering and Tribology, Northwestern University
- 2. Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Center for Surface Engineering and Tribology, Northwestern University
- Prof. Alan T. Zehnder (02591)
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- 02591. Field of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853, USA
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