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Fracture Mechanics Made Easy

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I. Milne

Central Electricity Research Laboratories, Kelvin Avenue, Leatherhead, Surrey, UK

Appl. Mech. Rev 41(2), 50-60 (Feb 01, 1988) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3151881 History: Online June 03, 2009

Abstract

The R6 method of evaluating the integrity of cracked structures was devised to provide a standardised procedure with the following objectives: to provide a method of analysis for failure avoidance; to be user insensitive; to be relatively simple in application; to be well validated. This required the standardisation of treatment material properties, both tensile and toughness data, as well as developing a standard format of analysis. Some of the background to the procedure is described, paying particular attention to these issues, and how the procedure is applied in practice.

Copyright © 1988 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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