Damage mechanics and fracture mechanics in maintenance engineering

Chak Yin Tang, Chi Pong Tsui, K. C. Chan, E. W.M. Lee

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This article provides a general review on the applications of damage mechanics and fracture mechanics in maintenance engineering with an emphasis on mechanical structures and systems. Most mechanical components take up a combination of static and dynamic loads. The theory of damage mechanics has been used for life assessment of components under static load and usually at elevated temperature. While a component is under dynamic, especially cyclic load, fracture mechanics has been commonly applied for failure prediction. With these theories, the service life of mechanical components can be estimated and hence maintenance plans could be formulated with consideration of cost and other induced impacts. Some issues on damage tolerance of safety will also be discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuality Management
Subtitle of host publicationA New Era: Hong Kong, 14-15 January 2005
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789812701930
ISBN (Print)9789812562890, 9812562893
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)


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