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9: Brittle Fracture

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    Learning Objectives

    • that materials break by cracking;
    • what determines whether a material will crack or not;
    • what determines whether cracking is catastrophic or more gradual;
    • the concepts of the fracture energy, strain energy release rate, fracture toughness and stress intensity factor.

    Before you start

    You need not do it now, but you may want to look at the TLP on photoelasticity.

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