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Fracture mechanics. (English) Zbl 1075.74069
Summary: In this article, after a brief description of some significant catastrophic structural failures going back to the period when iron and steel began to replace wood and masonry as the primary structural materials, the historical development of the field of fracture mechanics is discussed. First, the basic concepts of the field, the motivation underlying their development and the key contributions made in the area are briefly described. A summary of the key engineering applications of fracture mechanics, its methods, some recent important contributions and areas of future research is is then presented.

74Rxx Fracture and damage
74-02 Research exposition (monographs, survey articles) pertaining to mechanics of deformable solids
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