This textbook offers readers an introduction to fracture mechanics, equipping them to grasp the basic ideas of the presented approaches to modeling in applied mechanics
In the first part, the book reviews and expands on the classical theory of elastic and elasto-plastic material behavior. A solid understanding of these two topics is the essential prerequisite to advancing to damage and fracture mechanics. Thus, the second part of this course provides an introduction to the treatment of damage and fractures in the context of applied mechanics
Wherever possible, the one-dimensional case is first introduced and then generalized in a following step. This departs somewhat from the more classical approach, where first the most general case is derived and then simplified to special cases. In general, the required mathematics background is kept to a minimum
Tutorials are included at the end of each chapter, presenting the major steps for the solution and offering valuable tips and tricks. The supplementary problems featured in the book
Andreas OEchsner is Full Professor in the School of Engineering at Griffith University, Australia and Leader of the Mechanical Engineering Program (Head of Discipline and Program Director). Having obtained a Diploma Degree Dipl.-Ing.) in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart (1997), Germany, he spent the time from 1997-2003 at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg as a research and teaching assistant to obtain his Doctor of Engineering Sciences (Dr.-Ing.). From 2003-2006, he worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Cellular Metals Group affiliated with the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He spent seven years (2007-2013) as Full Professor in the Department of Applied Mechanics at the Technical University of Malaysia - UTM, Malaysia and Head of the Advanced Materials and Structure Lab. His research interests are related to experimental and computational mechanics, cellular metals and thin structures and interphases. He has published over 370 scientific publications, comprising 13 research monographs, 15 book chapters and three teaching books on the finite element methods. He is the general chairman of eight international conferences on computational and experimental engineering (ACE-X series) and 11 international conferences in the area of heat and mass transfer (DSL series). His editorial work comprises appointments as Editor-in-chief of the international journal Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics (Springer), Editor-in-chief of the Springer book series on Advanced Structured Materials and Editor of SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology: Computational Mechanics. His research activities were recognised in 2010 by the award of a higher doctorate degree (D.Sc.) by the University of Newcastle, Australia.
Introduction.- Elastic Material Behavior.- Elasto-Plastic Material Behavior.- Continuum Damage Mechanics.- Fracture Mechanics.