Continuum Damage Mechanics: Part II—Damage Growth, Crack Initiation, and Crack Growth

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J. L. Chaboche

Office National d’Etudes et de Recherches Aérospatiales, F-92322 Châtillon Cedex, France

J. Appl. Mech 55(1), 65-72 (Mar 01, 1988) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3173662 History: Received October 10, 1986; Revised May 27, 1987; Online July 21, 2009


Continuum Damage Mechanics (CDM) allows the description of the influence of damage on the stress-strain behavior of materials. In the present part, some practical damage growth equations are reviewed for creep, fatigue, creep-fatigue interaction, ductile damage, and brittle damage. The capabilities of CDM to improve both the crack initiation and crack propagation predictive tools are then discussed. Particular attention is given to the new developments of the “local approaches to fracture.”

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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