Symmetry in Fracture Mechanics of Engineering Materials

A special issue of Symmetry (ISSN 2073-8994). This special issue belongs to the section "Engineering and Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 365

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Engineering for Innovation, Università del Salento, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Interests: fatigue; fracture mechanics; thermoelastic stress analysis; experimental techniques; thermography; thermal methods for fatigue and fracture mechanics characterisation
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Department of Mechanics, Mathematics and Management, Polythecnic of Bari, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: fatigue; fracture mechanics; thermoelastic stress analysis; thermography; heat dissipations; mechanical characterisation of metals; mechanical characterisation of composites
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Symmetry is a very transversal topic that affects different disciplines. Often, owing to the concept of symmetry it is possible to break down a complicated linear problem into small pieces. As an example, the assessment of the stress state in the region containing or around the crack tip or the crack front propagation resulting in a non-linear pattern is difficult to deal with. While there are rigorous formulations to derive the stress state around the crack tip, the laws governing crack propagation are phenomenological or not yet perfectly known especially when the crack front results in a  non-linear pattern, especially on materials like rocks.

This Special Issue is aimed at addressing the typical problems of fracture mechanics that can be solved by using symmetry considerations involving each kind of material.

Thus this Special Issue collected papers discussing analytical solutions to describe the stress state in the crack region and new formulations to study problems where the propagation pattern is non-linear.

Moreover, the most recent discoveries in fracture mechanics and data processing show the role of experimental techniques in validating theoretical models and helping the damage tolerance design and the definition of models for the residual life assessment of material and components within the framework of structural health monitoring.

This Special Issue collected also papers describing:

  • Several examples of the extensive upgrade program on some of the experiments in fracture mechanics on innovative and engineering materials with a particular focus on their expected performance and the benefits for scientific research;
  • The use of experimental techniques to validate analytical models to study the fracture mechanics behavior of materials and components.

Dr. Rosa De Finis
Dr. Davide Palumbo
Guest Editors

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  • fracture mechanics
  • fracture toughness
  • engineering materials
  • innovative materials
  • experimental techniques

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