By K. E. Bullen (auth.), P. Thoft-Christensen (eds.)

During a NATO complex research Institute in Izmir, Tur­ key, July 1973 on sleek advancements in Engineering Seis­ mology and Earthquake Engineering it emerged debate on Continuum Mechanics facets of Geodynamics and Rock Fracture Mechanics will be very welcome. accordingly, it used to be made up our minds to hunt NATO sponsorship for a sophisticated learn In­ stitute in this topic. the aim of the hot complicated learn Institute was once to supply a hyperlink among mechanics of continuum media and geo­ dynamic s. by way of bringing jointly a bunch of major scientists from the above fields and individuals actively engaged in examine and functions within the related fields, it was once believed that fruitful discussions may well emerge to facilitate an alternate of data, adventure and newly-conceived rules. The Institute aimed essentially on the answer of such difficulties as attached with the learn of pressure and pressure con­ ditions within the Earth, standard explanations of earthquakes, power free up and focal mechanism and seismic wave propagation in­ troducing smooth tools of continuum and rock fracture mechanics. Secondly to motivate scientists operating in continuum mechanics to open new avenues of study hooked up with the above difficulties, and seismologists to conform sleek, complicated equipment of continuum and rock fracture mechanics to their work.

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In turn the fracture resistance of the material may be characterized by the value of this stretch at rupture, <5 C (or critical COD), the proposed strength parameter, which is conjectured to be (with certain qualifications) a material constant [11-13]. In practice ISC may be measured from standard experiments without too much difficulty. As for the evaluation of the load factor IS, the ~'plastic strip model" (known variously as Dugdale, -Barenblatt, -Muskhelishvili model) appears to give very satisfactory results.

6,8]. However, perhaps even more convincing evidence lies in the observation of very short "tensile cracks" initiating from the main crack surfaces in glass specimens subjected to uniaxial compression in which the crack is oriented at an angle to the direction of the load [6,9J. This means that under the action of the compressive stress component perpendicular to the crack, there will be a certain resistance against the relative sliding motion of the crack surfaces, hence, against fracture initiation.

And it may easily be shown that l Pa 3 dU - dV = 2 PdR. R. = 2 3ElI ' dU - dV = p 2a 2 ElI da , (l4) P = total load, El = E, I = bh3 /l2, plate: P = load/unit width, El = E/(l-V 2 ), I = h 3 /l2, b = l. beam: That is, the fracture process is unstable and for a given crack length a the fracture load Pc is determined by (l3). On the other hand if the displacement R. , the case of wedging), as a -7 a + da, P -7 P + dP (dP < 0), and we have 9ElH 3ElH dV = 10. dP P = dU = 0 , dP = 4 da, 2 2a 2a 3 dU - dV = YF 9 El H2 9ElH~ = 4 4ba 4a 4 da , dA p 2a 2 (= b~lI p Fig.

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