Research Papers

Materials Failure Theory and Applications, Change Is Coming

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Richard M. Christensen

Professor Research Emeritus
Aeronautics and Astronautics Department,
Stanford University,
Stanford, CA 94305
e-mail: christensen@stanford.edu

Contributed by the Materials Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received December 11, 2016; final manuscript received March 15, 2017; published online May 16, 2017. Editor: Mohammed Zikry.

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 139(4), 041005 (May 16, 2017) (3 pages) Paper No: MATS-16-1366; doi: 10.1115/1.4036587 History: Received December 11, 2016; Revised March 15, 2017

This overview/survey assesses the state of the discipline for the failure of homogeneous and isotropic materials. It starts with a quick review of the many historical but unsuccessful failure investigations. Then, it outlines the dysfunctional current state of the field for failure criteria. Finally, it converges toward the technical prospects that can and very likely will bring much needed change and progress in the future.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME
Topics: Failure
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