Methods of Fracture Mechanics: Solid Matter Physics

Methods of Fracture Mechanics: Solid Matter Physics

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Modern fracture mechanics considers phenomena at many levels, macro and micro; it is therefore inextricably linked to methods of theoretical and mathematical physics. This book introduces these sophisticated methods in a straightforward manner. The methods are applied to several important phenomena of solid state physics which impinge on fracture mechanics: adhesion, defect nucleation and growth, dislocation emission, sintering, the electron beam effect and fractal cracks. The book shows how the mathematical models for such processes may be set up, and how the equations so formulated may be solved and interpreted. The many open problems which are encountered will provide topics for MSc and PhD theses in fracture mechanics, and in theoretical and experimental physics.
As a supplementary text, the book can be used in graduate level courses on fracture mechanics, solid matter physics, and mechanics of solids, or in a special course on the application of fracture mechanics methods in solid matter physics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 322 pages
  • 157.48 x 220.98 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1997 ed.
  • XIII, 322 p.
  • 0792344081
  • 9780792344087

Table of contents

Author's Preface. 1. Surface Energy of Solids. 2. Fluctuations and the Kinetic Theory of Fracture. 3. Crack Nucleation. 4. Physics of Sintering. 5. Point Defects in Solids. 6. Dislocation Emission. 7. Relativistic Electron Beams in a Solid. 8. Fractals in Fracture of Solids. Subject Index.
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