Fracture in Viscoelastic Media

  • M. L. Williams
Part of the Fundamental Phenomena in the Materials Sciences book series (FPMS, volume 4)


This chapter discusses the analytical extension of Griffith’s work to linearly viscoelastic materials. Through consideration of the simple case of a spherical flaw loaded by hydrostatic tension, it is found that the crack initiation criterion depends on the loading history. The chapter concludes with some remarks on fatigue fracture in elastomers.


Fracture Criterion Viscoelastic Material Relaxation Modulus Elastic Solution Viscoelastic Medium 
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© Plenum Press 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. L. Williams
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  1. 1.University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA

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