The Interaction Between Inclusions and Cracks

  • F. Erdogan
Part of the Fracture Mechanics of Ceramics book series (FMOC, volume 1)


The fracture strength of composite materials in general and ceramics in particular depends to a considerable extent on the size, shape, orientation, and distribution of flaws or imperfections in the material. In studying the “bulk strength” and other bulk properties of the composite it is generally assumed that these flaws are randomly distributed throughout the material and hence the medium is statistically homogeneous. Therefore, in this type of studies the very nature of the phenomenon requires that some kind of a statistical strength theory be used as a guide in the investigations.


Stress Intensity Factor External Load Crack Front Crack Extension Resistance Curve Fracture Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Erdogan
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  1. 1.Lehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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