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Stress Analysis of Cracks Handbook / Edition 3

Stress Analysis of Cracks Handbook / Edition 3

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Now in a hardbound format, this extensive source of crack stress analysis information is nearly double the size of the previous edition.

Along with revisions, the authors provide 150 new pages of analysis and information. This classic volume can serve as an excellent reference, as well as a text for in-house training courses in various industries and academic settings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791801536
Publisher: ASME Press
Publication date: 01/09/2013
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 698
Sales rank: 303,301
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Symbols
Preface: Third Edition
Preface: Second Edition
Preface: First Edition
Acknowledgments to the First Edition

Part I: Introductory Information ..... 1
Part II: Stress Analysis Results for Common Test Specimen Configurations ..... 39
Part III: Two-Dimensional Stress Solutions for Various Configurations with Cracks ..... 81
A: Cracks Along a Single Line
B: Parallel Cracks
C: Cracks and Holes or Notches
D: Curved, Angled, Branched, or Radiating Cracks
Part IV: Three-Dimensional Cracked Configurations ..... 333
Part V: Crack(s) in a Road or a Plate by Energy Rate Analysis ..... 415
Part VI: Strip Yield Model Solutions ..... 431
Part VII: Crack(s) in a Shell ..... 469
Appendix A: Compliance Calibration Methods ..... 487
Appendix B: A Method for Computing Certain Displacements Relevant to Crack Problems ..... 493
Appendix C: The Weight Function Method for Determining Stress Intensity Factors ..... ..... 497
Appendix D: Anisotropic Linear-Elastic Crack-Tip Stress Fields ..... 513
Appendix E: Stress Intensity Factors for Cracks in a Plate Subjected to Pinching Loads ..... 515
Appendix F: Cracks in Residual Stress Fields ..... 529
Appendix G: Westergaard Stress Functions for Dislocations and Cracks ..... 547
Appendix H: The Plastic Zone Instability Concept Applied to Analysis of Pressure Vessel Failure ..... 581
Appendix I: Approximations and Engineering Estimates of Stress Intensity Factors ..... 593
Appendix J: Rice's J-Integral as an Analytical Tool in Stress Analysis ..... 611
Appendix K: Elasto-Plastic Pure Shear Stress-Strain Analysis (Mode III) ..... 623
Appendix L: Table of Complete Elliptic Integrals ..... 635
Appendix M: Table and Properties of Gamma Function ..... 637
References ..... 641
Reference Index ..... 663
Subject Index ..... 667
Free Software (SmartCrack-Lite) ..... 676
Software Guide ..... 677



Fracture mechanics was introduced in the 1947-1952 period using the idea that onset of rapid crack extension occurred when the crack extension force became large enough to cause rapid joining of small openings near the leading edge of a crack. The "force" concept used was the rate of loss of stress field energy, G, per unit of new separation area. Unfortunately the usual training in stress analysis of engineers did not provide methods of estimating values of G. However, in the mid-1950s, use of a relatively simple method of crack-stress field analysis, introduced by Westergaard, permitted demonstration that the severity of the enclosing stress field, tending to cause crack extension, could be represented by a stress intensity factor, K. In addition, values of the force, G, were related to K by the use of equation G = K2 I E; where E is Young's modulus. This led to use of toughness measurements in terms of critical values of K necessary for rapid crack extension. This change of concept and nomenclature was of special importance to the understanding and practical use of fracture mechanics by engineers, and led immediately to general acceptance of fracture mechanics. Despite the sound theoretical basis for the force, G, engineers preferred a representation of critical conditions for crack extension in terms of principles of stress analysis with which they were familiar.

The introduction of the K concept was shown to be of special value for studies of fatigue cracking. It was shown that from calibration tests, it was possible to make estimates of the danger of crack growth by small initial cracks due to load fluxuations during periods of use in service. The use of K values for studies of fatigue cracking was followed by the use of K values for studies of corrosion cracking and corrosion fatigue.

In the use of fracture mechanics, estimates of K for potential or real cracks are commonly needed. For this purpose, Tada's Handbook of K Values (renamed The Stress Analysis of Cracks Handbook) for cracks in various structural locations has been widely used. Previously available only in notebook form, this collection of K values has been reviewed and checked carefully.

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