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Room:  HAMP 2102

CE597-129: Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics  

(Fall 2017)

Description: This is a graduate course in Fracture Mechanics for those students who are interested in learning more about the concepts of material deformation and failure in the context of solid mechanics when cracks are present. The class will be introductory in nature as we will start with the fundamental concepts of solid mechanics and linear elastic fracture mechanics before we look at nonlinear behavior. The student is assumed to have taken at least a class on solid mechanics, continuum mechanics, elasticity, etc. .

Syllabus [Download PDF] 
Course Main Topics:
  • Overview:  Elasticity
  • Atomic scale concepts
  • Linear elastic fracture mechanics, stress intensity factor, fracture toughness, energy release rate, work of fracture,  J-integral
  • Small-scale yielding/plastic fracture mechanics, resistance curves
  • Cohesive zone models
  • Size effects
  • Multiscale fracture (nano to micro, micro to macro)
  • Fracture in civil engineering materials (e.g., concrete and metals)
  • Fracture in other materials (e.g., ceramics, polymers, composites, biological and geological materials) 
  • Testing methods
  • Numerical methods


  • Project Description   [Link]
  • Project Proposal Template [Link]  (Download and complete)
  • Project guidelines
    • (1) How to prepare for the oral presentations [Link]
    • (2) How to prepare the final report [Link]
  • Final Project: Reports [Link]

Check out previous year's projects in the following links:

Books: No book is required. I will personally follow ideas from the following books and resources:
  • T.L. Anderson, “Fracture Mechanics: Fundamental and Applications”, 3rd Edition, 2005.
  •  Z.P. Bazant, J. Planas, “Fracture and size effect in concrete and other quasibrittle materials”, 1998.
  • A. F. Bower, Applied Mechanics of Solids, CRC Press, 2009. [Link]
  • J.W. Hutchinson, Notes on Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics. [Link]
  • C.T. Sun, Fracture Mechanics (through the Purdue Library)  [Link]
  • Alan T. Zehnder, Fracture Mechanics (through the Purdue Library)  [Link]
  • H. Tada, P.C. Paris and G.R. Irwin, The Stress Analysis of Cracks Handbook (Excerpts) [Link]

Other References:

Instructor: Prof. Pablo Zavattieri,
School of Civil Engineering
College of Engineering
Purdue University
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051
Office: CIVL G217
Office hours: Tuesday 2:30-3:30pm , whenever I am in my office or by appointment


>> 12/14/2017: Final reports have been posted (follow this link)

>> 11/29/2017: New guidelines for the oral presentation and reports have been posted below.

>> 08/20/2017: Welcome to CE597 Nonlinear Fracture Mechanics. As a first assignment, read Notes: Some notes on elasticity for Thursday Aug. 31.

>> 09/14/2017: First Homework is now posted (See below).

>> 09/25/2017: New information about projects is now posted below.

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