A Systems-Type Approach to Problems of Fracture

  • G. T. Hahn
  • A. R. Rosenfield
Conference paper
Part of the Fundamental Phenomena in the Materials Sciences book series (FPMS, volume 4)


Fracture is a many-sided problem. It encompasses various elements of structure including the microstructure of material, complex loading, and stress and strain concentrations, as well as a competition among elastic response, plasticity, and numerous modes of cracking. These elements are brought together in the form of a systems-type analysis. The approach, which can be adapted for machine calculations, lends organization to the problem, and reveals strengths and weaknesses in our understanding. Finally, three examples of systems-type analyses are outlined to illustrate the kinds of solutions that may become routine in the future.


Fracture Toughness Crack Initiation Plastic Zone Ductile Fracture Ductile Crack 


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© Plenum Press 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. T. Hahn
    • 1
  • A. R. Rosenfield
    • 1
  1. 1.Battelle Memorial InstituteColumbusUSA

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