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A hydrodynamic analogy to the crack driving force

Students often have a tough time understanding the crack driving force in an elementary course on fracture mechanics.

A recent free access article has been published on a fluid analogy to the crack driving force and the Riabouchinsky free streamline problem for ideal fluid flow around two plates.  Hopefully this analogy can aid in the visualization.

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Analytical Fracture Mechanics

My text, Analytical Fracture Mechanics, is back in print by Dover Publications as of November 2011.

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