Description 
1 online resource (xviii, 284 p., [3] p. of col. plates) : ill. 
Summary 
Critical distance methods are extremely useful for predicting fracture and fatigue in engineering components. They also represent an important development in the theory of fracture mechanics. Despite being in use for over fifty years in some fields, there has never been a book about these methods until now. So why now? Because the increasing use of computeraided stress analysis (by FEA and other techniques) has made these methods extremely easy to use in practical situations. This is turn has prompted researchers to reexamine the underlying theory with renewed interest. The book begins with a general introduction to the phenomena of mechanical failure in materials: a basic understanding of solid mechanics and materials engineering is assumed, though appropriate introductory references are provided where necessary. After a simple explanation of how to use critical distance methods, and a more detailed exposition of the methods including their history and classification, the book continues by showing examples of how critical distance approaches can be applied to predict fracture and fatigue in different classes of materials. Subsequent chapters include some more complex theoretical areas, such as multiaxial loading and contact problems, and a range of practical examples using case studies of real engineering components taken from the authors own consultancy work. The Theory of Critical Distances will be of interest to a range of readers, from academic researchers concerned with the theoretical basis of the subject, to industrial engineers who wish to incorporate the method into modern computeraided design and analysis. * Comprehensive collection of published data, plus new data from the author's own laboratories * A simple 'howtodoit' exposition of the method, plus examples and case studies * Detailed theoretical treatment * Covers all classes of materials: metals, polymers, ceramics and composites * Includes fracture, fatigue, fretting, size effects and multiaxial loading. 
Contents 
Chapter 1. Introduction  Chapter 2. The Theory of Critical Distances: Basics  Chapter 3. The Theory of Critical Distances in Detail  Chapter 4. Other Theories of Fracture  Chapter 5. Ceramics  Chapter 6. Polymers  Chapter 7. Metals  Chapter 8. Composites  Chapter 9. Fatigue  Chapter 10. Contact Problems  Chapter 11. Multiaxial Loading  Chapter 12. Case Studies and Practical Aspects  Chapter 13. Theoretical Studies. 
Bibliography 
Includes bibliographical references and index. 
Note 
Description based on print version record. 
Subject 
Fracture mechanics.


Fracture mechanics  Mathematical models.

Related To 
Print version: Taylor, David. Theory of critical distances. Amsterdam ; London : Elsevier, c2007 9780080444789 0080444784 (OCoLC)78988689 

Online version: Taylor, David. Theory of critical distances. Amsterdam ; London : Elsevier, c2007 (OCoLC)805931983 
Standard No. 
182561184 301138494 441815446 647671746 805931983 
ISBN 
0080554725 (electronic bk.) 

9780080554723 (electronic bk.) 

9780080444789 

0080444784 

9786611076702 

6611076700 
