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The Theory of Materials Failure

Richard M. Christensen


This book provides a complete and comprehensive development of failure theory for homogeneous materials. The resultant failure criteria to be used for applications with isotropic materials are calibrated by only two properties: the uniaxial tensile and compressive strengths, T and C. From these data the entire family of failure envelopes can be generated for all states of stress. The account begins with a historical survey that includes the efforts of many of history’s greatest scientists. The complete inadequacy for general applications of all the historical forms are detailed. The center poi ... More

Keywords: failure, failure theory, failure criteria, polynomial invariants, fracture criterion, ductile, brittle, fiber composites, microscale, nanoscale, life prediction, probabilistic failure, damage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199662111
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662111.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard M. Christensen, author
Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Stanford University