1R18. Deformation and Fracture Behaviour of Polymers. Engineering Materials Series. - Edited by W Grellmann (Dept of Eng Sci, Martin-Luther-Univ of Halle-Wittenberg, Halle, D-06099, Germany) and S Seidler (Inst of Mat Sci and Testing, Vienna Univ of Tech, Favoritenstr 9-11, Vienna, A-1040, Austria). Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 2001. 599 pp. ISBN 3-540-41247-6. $99.00.
Reviewed by GI Barenblatt (Dept of Math, UCB, Evans Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720-3840).
The book under review is composed of lectures presented at the Merseburg Discussion Conference with several additional contributions which the editors considered of special importance to the book’s integrity. The majority of participants were from Germany and Austria.
To explain the idea of the book as the present reviewer sees it, let us imagine for a moment that structural materials are ideal quasi-brittle bodies. The material constants: Young’s modulus, Poisson’s ratio, and fracture toughness...