Continuum Damage Mechanics: Part I—General Concepts

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J. L. Chaboche

Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales, F-92320 Châtillon Cedex, France

J. Appl. Mech 55(1), 59-64 (Mar 01, 1988) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3173661 History: Received October 10, 1986; Revised May 27, 1987; Online July 21, 2009


Continuum Damage Mechanics (C.D.M.) has developed continuously since the early works of Kachanov and Rabotnov. It constitutes a practical tool to take into account the various damaging processes in materials and structures at a macroscopic continuum level. The main basic features of C.D.M. are considered in the first part together with its present capabilities, including damage definitions and measures, and its incorporation into a thermodynamic general framework. Practical damage growth equations will be reviewed in the second part of the paper.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
Topics: Equations
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