Leslie Banks-Sills*

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In this chapter, the basic tenets of fracture mechanics are described. The first term of the asymptotic expression for the stress and displacement fields in the neighborhood of a crack tip is presented for a homogeneous, isotropic, linear elastic material. The concept of fracture modes and stress intensity factors are discussed. The energy approach through the Griffith energy is delineated. A presentation of the J-integral and its relationship to the Griffith energy and the stress intensity factors is given. A description of a fracture criterion through the fracture toughness is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalSpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology
Issue number9783319603261
StatePublished - 2018


  • Energy release rate
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Fracture modes
  • Fracture toughness
  • Griffith energy
  • J-integral
  • Square-root singularity
  • Stress intensity factor


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