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Fracture of Brittle Solids : Cambridge Solid State Science Series - Brian R. Lawn

Fracture of Brittle Solids

Cambridge Solid State Science Series

By: Brian R. Lawn, D. R. Clarke (Editor), S. Suresh (Editor), I. M. Ward (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd August 1993
ISBN: 9780521409728
Number Of Pages: 400

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This is an advanced text for higher degree materials science students and researchers concerned with the strength of highly brittle covalent-ionic solids, principally ceramics. It is a reconstructed and greatly expanded edition of a book first published in 1975. The book presents a unified continuum, microstructural and atomistic treatment of modern day fracture mechanics from a materials perspective. Particular attention is directed to the basic elements of bonding and microstructure that govern the intrinsic toughness of ceramics. These elements hold the key to the future of ceramics as high-technology materials--to make brittle solids strong, we must first understand what makes them weak. The underlying theme of the book is the fundamental Griffith energy-balance concept of crack propagation. The early chapters develop fracture mechanics from the traditional continuum perspective, with attention to linear and nonlinear crack-tip fields, equilibrium and non-equilibrium crack states. It then describes the atomic structure of sharp cracks, the topical subject of crack-microstructure interactions in ceramics, with special focus on the concepts of crack-tip shielding and crack-resistance curves, and finally deals with indentation fracture, flaws and structural reliability.

."..unified treatment renders the book very accessible and greatly helps the reader assemble the pieces...the text is very well supported by numerous pictures and diagrams and by a limited series of references which should assist interested readers to move beyond the introductory notions described in the book...highly recommended for any graduate student, engineer, or scientist who would like to gain a first but significiant view 'of the other side of the brittle fracture probem.'" Philippe Geubelle, Pageoph

The Griffith concept
Continuum aspects of crack propagation
Linear Crack-Tip Field
Continuum aspects of crack propagation
Nonlinear Crack-Tip Field
Unstable crack propagation: dynamic fracture
Chemical processes in crack propagation: kinetic fracture
Atomic aspects of fracture
Microstructure and toughness
Indentation fracture
Crack initiation: flaws
Strength and reliability
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ISBN: 9780521409728
ISBN-10: 0521409721
Series: Cambridge Solid State Science Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 2nd August 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.65  x 2.62
Weight (kg): 0.58
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised