Research Papers

Perspective on Materials Failure Theory and Applications

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Richard M. Christensen

Professor Research Emeritus
Aeronautics and Astronautics Department,
Stanford University,
Stanford, CA 94305
e-mail: chritensen@stanford.edu

Contributed by the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF APPLIED MECHANICS. Manuscript received June 29, 2016; final manuscript received July 5, 2016; published online August 10, 2016. Editor: Yonggang Huang.

J. Appl. Mech 83(11), 111001 (Aug 10, 2016) (6 pages) Paper No: JAM-16-1334; doi: 10.1115/1.4034122 History: Received June 29, 2016; Revised July 05, 2016

The history of developing failure criteria is briefly examined. The cumulative result is found to be completely unsatisfactory and extremely misleading, to the point of crisis. The long time blockage of the materials failure field has had serious and retarding effects on all related technical areas that are dependent on reliable failure projections. A new and rationally different approach to failure theory formulation is outlined and fully documented. After summarizing recent research progress, a program for the recovery and revitalization of the field is given.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Failure , Stress
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Grahic Jump Location
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Coulomb–Mohr failure criterion




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