Special Issue "Fracture and Fatigue Mechanics of Materials"
A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2016).
Both materials designers and machines/structures designers need information on fracture processes and fracture criteria of materials. There is a long history of fracture and fatigue research. The stress and strain based fracture criteria as the driving forces have been developed to explain fracture and fatigue behavior of un-cracked body. Since the stress intensity factor, as the driving force for fracture phenomena of cracked body, was proposed in 1957 by G.R. Irwin, various kinds of stress intensity factors depending on fracture phenomena have been developed, such as K, ∆K, ∆Keff, Ktip, etc., for driving forces and KIC, ∆Kth, KISCC, etc., for material properties (critical values of fracture). Linear fracture mechanics was then extended to the elastic–plastic fracture mechanics in 1968 by J.R. Rice and J.W. Hutchinson, where the J integral, Kσ, C*, etc., have been proposed as driving forces. Although these progresses have significantly contributed to safe structural design, as well as the development of new materials, failure accidents have obviously not yet ceased. We researchers have to devote our efforts to provide a new stage of knowledge and design tools by combining theoretical and experimental approaches.
In this Special Issue, recent developments in fracture and fatigue research are strongly welcomed to form a body of state-of-the-art knowledge on fracture and fatigue processes and criteria. It is my pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript and contribute to this Special Issue.
Prof. Yoshiharu Mutoh
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