Fracture Mechanics

Published: May 21, 2017 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Fracture Mechanics Mean?

Fracture mechanics is a specialized study of solid mechanics that includes the analytical study of cracks in materials. Those in the fracture mechanics field attempt to characterize and classify a material's resistance, and the results of, fractures. By experimenting and studying applied stress, crack length, and specimen geometry engineers in this field gain a fuller understanding of the strength of a material.


Trenchlesspedia Explains Fracture Mechanics

The biggest difficulty in fracture mechanics is that the presence of cracks can make even the most careful fracture mechanic analysis insufficient. When a crack or other deformity reaches a critical point it can have catastrophic effect on the entirety of the structure.

Fracture mechanics attempts to understand the remaining life as a function of crack size, crack size that can be tolerated, and time for a crack to grow from initial crack size to critical size.


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