An Application of Fracture Mechanics to Structural Analysis.
ARMY MATERIALS AND MECHANICS RESEARCH CENTER WATERTOWN MASS
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Deflections of structural elements are frequently determined using simple engineering strength of materials approaches. However, when geometric discontinuities are present, such approaches may lead to excessive errors in the predicted deflection. The present paper suggests a simple technique for refining these deflection predictions using available fracture mechanics data. Use of such techniques leads to predictions which do not differ significantly from exact solutions.