5R20. Numerical Assessments of Cracks in Elastic-Plastic Materials. Lecture Notes in Applied Mechanics, Vol 4. - Huang Yuan (MTU Aero Engines GmbH, Munchen, 80995, Germany). Springer-Verlag, Berlin. 2002. 311 pp. ISBN 3-540-43336-8. $89.95.

Reviewed by DA Mendelsohn (Dept of Mech Eng, Ohio State Univ, 206 W 18th Ave, Columbus OH 43210-1154).

This book is a combination of the author’s work in modeling elastic-plastic crack-tip fields with the pertinent work of others. It provides a, heretofore unavailable, detailed look at the recent state of research on this specific subject. Much of that work has been in accounting for the effects of 3D, thickness induced geometric constraints, loading parallel to the crack plane, and related material behavior issues. In none of these situations can the crack tip fields be characterized by a single term asymptotic expansion as in the original pioneering Hutchinson, Rice,...

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