Finite Elements in Fracture Mechanics

Theory - Numerics - Applications

  • Meinhard Kuna

Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 201)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 391-447

About this book


Fracture mechanics has established itself as an important discipline of growing interest to those working to assess the safety, reliability and service life of engineering structures and materials. In order to calculate the loading situation at cracks and defects, nowadays numerical techniques like finite element method (FEM) have become indispensable tools for a broad range of applications. The present monograph provides an introduction to the essential concepts of fracture mechanics, its main goal being to procure the special techniques for FEM analysis of crack problems, which have to date only been mastered by experts. All kinds of static, dynamic and fatigue fracture problems are treated in two- and three-dimensional elastic and plastic structural components. The usage of the various solution techniques is demonstrated by means of sample problems selected from practical engineering case studies. The primary target group includes graduate students, researchers in academia and engineers in practice.


Crack Analysis Crack Propagations Fatigue and Reliability Finite Element Method Fracture Mechanics Fracture Processes Strength Theory Stress Analyses of Cracks Structural Safety

Authors and affiliations

  • Meinhard Kuna
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  1. 1.Inst für Mechanik und FluiddynamikTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-6679-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-6680-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0925-0042
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