Mechanics and Mechanisms of Fracture: An Introduction
                                                            Author(s): Alan F. Liu
                                      Year: 2005         Code: 6954             Pages: 458
                                        Price $ 159.00


This text is for readers who want an introductory overview on the mechanical and material factors of fracture in design analysis, material evaluation,

and failure prevention. Both fundamental and practical concepts of fracture are described in terms of stress analysis and the mechanical behavior of

materials. The metallurgical aspects of deformation and fracture in metals are also discussed. This book can serve as a desktop reference book, or a

self-study book, for engineering students and practicing engineers with some, or without, prior training in solid mechanics and/or mechanical

metallurgy. The focus is on how machine (or structural) parts fail, why one piece fails in a certain way and another piece fails differently; and

engineering tools for analyzing and, ultimately, preventing failure. Metals occupy the main part of the book, but nonmetallic materials such as

ceramics, plastics, and fiber reinforced polymer matrix composites are also included. The first two chapters of this book can be considered as the

fundamentals of stress analysis and mechanical behavior of materials. Chapter 1 serves as a crash course (or a refresh course) in strength of materials

that prepares the reader with the basic analytical tools for the rest of the book. Topics include: fracture mechanics, fatigue, and failures associated

with high-temperature creep, stress-corrosion, corrosion-fatigue, and hydrogen-embrittlement. Numerous examples are given through out this book

to illustrate the elastic and plastic behavior of materials at a stress raiser, and how the static, fatigue, and residual strengths of a machine part might

have been affected by it.






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