Fundamentals of the Phenomenological Theory of Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics

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J. W. Hutchinson

Division of Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 02138

J. Appl. Mech 50(4b), 1042-1051 (Dec 01, 1983) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3167187 History: Received April 01, 1983; Online July 21, 2009


An introduction to the theoretical foundations of the phenomenological theory of nonlinear fracture mechanics is given. Following an outline of the full range of objectives of nonlinear fracture mechanics, the paper focuses on the phenomenological, or semiempirical, approach to the initiation of crack growth and the subsequent quasi-static crack growth and loss of stability under monotonic load histories.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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