example of a computer simulation program for cracking
is a "FRacture ANalysis Code" called FRANC2D (#) which
was written and developed at Cornell
University (#) by the Cornell
Fracture Group (#). There is also a 3d version called FRANC3D (#) which
will analyze three-dimensional crack growth in structures.
Civil engineers often use programs like FRANC to run simulations.
What kinds of things have been analyzed with FRANC2D and FRANC3D? Just about everything
that cracks. Here are some examples:
As you can see, fracture mechanics can be applied to many different
subjects, which makes it very inter-disciplinary. This means that many
different fields can make use of fracture mechanics, including biomechanics,
geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, mechanical engineering,
hydraulic engineering, and many more.
Who are the people who have developed the
concepts of fracture mechanics and the computer programs to use them?