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Engineering Sciences 247: Fracture Mechanics

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Fall 2020, Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 pm–1:15 pm.


Textbooks.  Quite a few books are available in the library, such as

  • B. Lawn, Fracture of Brittle Solids, Cambridge University Press (1993).
  • D. Broek, Elementary Engineering Fracture Mechanics.  Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Boston (1986).
  • J.M. Barsom and S.T. Rolfe, Fracture and Fatigue Control in Structures.  Prentice Hall, 1999.
  • T.L. Anderson, Fracture Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications. CRC Press, Boston (1995).
  • S. Suresh, Fatigue of Materials, Cambridge University Press (1998).
  • M.F. Kanninen and C.H. Popelar, Advanced Fracture Mechanics, Oxford Press (1985).
  • K.B. Broberg, Cracks and Fracture, Academic Press. (1999)
  • L.B. Freund, Dynamic Fracture Mechanics, Cambridge University Press (1990).

Online resources


  • W.C. Young, Roark’s Formulas for Stress and Strain, 6th edition, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1989.
  • R.E. Peterson, Stress Concentration Factors, John Wiley, New York, 1974. 2nd edition by W.D. Pilkey, 1997.
  • H. Tada, P.C. Paris and G.R. Irwin, The Stress Analysis of Cracks Handbook, Del Research, St. Louis, MO., 1985.


  • Homework (80%)
  • Final exam (20%) 


Why your lecture notes are unavailable now?

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Not sure what have happened.  I have just reconnected all the links.  Thank you so much for pointing this out.

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To celebrate Griffith 1921, I have begun a thread on Tiwitter titled "One Hundred Years of Toughness". Please join me for conversation. Contribute your knowledge. Ask questions.

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I have started a Twitter thread on fractocohesive length. Please join me for conversation.

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Twitter thread on toughness of composites

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I have just tweeted a thread on fatigue-resistant polymer networks.

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