This book derives from the invited IUTAM Symposium in September 1993. The contributions discuss recent advances in fracture mechanics studies of concrete, rock, ceramics and other brittle disordered materials at micro and structural levels. It draws together research and new applications in continuum, damage and fracture mechanics approaches.
Preface. Introduction. Keynote paper: the scaling laws and renormalization group in the mechanics and micromechanics of fracture. Fracture in brittle matrix composites. Fracture mechanics of concrete. Fracture mechanics of rock. Fracture mechanics of ceramics. Continuum models. Discrete crack models. Micromechanisms and micromechanical models. Damage, localisation and size effect. Applications of fracture mechanics. Author index. Subject index.