About the book
Fracture mechanics deals with the cracking behavior of materials and cracking defines the limit state for many components of engineering systems. Therefore, fracture mechanics is a field which provides useful tools for many engineering practitioners and designers from various disciplines. It is a relatively new branch of mechanics and more advanced in theoretical basis rather than practical applications. However, due to its useful approach in handling failure of materials, its use will be more widespread in the near future. Fracture mechanics principles can help us from designing more robust components to have safer airplanes, space shuttles, ships, cranes, buildings, bridges and other mechanical systems to uses in medicine like destroying plaques in a human artery or kidney stone. In short, application of fracture mechanics has potential to give us tools in solution of many design and analysis problems. In this context, this book aims to introduce or support the understanding of fracture mechanics principles to enhance the knowledge and application of specialists in all related areas of engineering and science. Book is planned to contain subjects on crack mechanics, fracture behavior of materials, fracture analyses, experimental and numerical studies on fracture mechanics, design considerations, probabilistic and reliability based approaches. Even if the focus is on the application, chapters on theoretical aspects of the fracture mechanics which have close relation to applications are also welcome.