Chapter 8 Fracture and fracture toughness

Chapter contents

  • 8.1 Introduction and synopsis 166
  • 8.2 Strength and toughness 166
  • 8.3 The mechanics of fracture 167
  • 8.4 Material property charts for toughness 174
  • 8.5 Drilling down: the origins of toughness 176
  • 8.6 Manipulating properties: the strength–toughness trade-off 180
  • 8.7 Summary and conclusions 183
  • 8.8 Further reading 183
  • 8.9 Exercises 184
  • 8.10 Exploring design with CES 185
  • 8.11 Exploring the science with CES Elements 185

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