Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue

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The origins of cracks and crack propagation on microstructure level. Complex stress functions for analysis of stress singularities: Kolosov-Mushelisvili-Westergaard solutions. The “K” stress-intensity factor. The Griffith energy condition, the “G” energy parameter. Path-independent integrals, the “J” parameter. Numerical and laboratory experiments to measure fracture parameters and crack propagation in the case of quasi-static and cyclic loads. Analysis of different materials (concrete, wood, etc.). Applications of fracture mechanics for civil engineering structures. Simple and complex structural integrity assessment methods. Fracture mechanical background of the EUROCODE at fatigue design and material toughness properties. Advanced methods to avoid brittle fracture. Estimation of fatigue life of real steel structures.

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Background documents in support to the implementation, harmonization and further development of the EUROCODES, Scientific and Technical Reports of the Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

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