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Fatigue and Fracture

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Concepts of Fracture Control and Damage Tolerance Analysis

David Broek
David Broek
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410 - 419


Fracture control is a systematic process to prevent fracture during operation that depends on the criticality of the component, the economic consequences of the structures being out of service, and the damage that would be caused by a fracture failure. This article describes the key principles of fracture control and reviews the concepts of damage tolerance analysis. It further presents practical guidelines to obtain useful and reasonable answers from damage tolerance analysis. The article concludes with information on fracture mechanics and fatigue design.

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David Broek, 1996. "Concepts of Fracture Control and Damage Tolerance Analysis", Fatigue and Fracture

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