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Micro- and Macromechanical Properties of Materials

1st Edition

By Yichun Zhou, Li Yang, Yongli Huang

CRC Press

578 pages | 387 B/W Illus.

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This is an English translation of a Chinese textbook that has been designated a national planned university textbook, the highest award given to scientific textbooks in China. The book provides a complete overview of mechanical properties and fracture mechanics in materials science, mechanics, and physics. It details the macro- and micro-mechanical properties of metal structural materials, nonmetal structural materials, and various functional materials. It also discusses the macro and micro failure mechanism under different loadings and contains research results on thin film mechanics, smart material mechanics, and more.


"This book offers the most comprehensive and complete overview of mechanical properties and fracture mechanics in the field of materials science. Besides, it provides a complete and rigorous overview in the research areas of mechanics and materials sciences from the viewpoint of length scales. … Moreover, this book focuses on connections between scientific theories, experiment methods and engineering applications so as to serve as a good manual for engineers and technicians on mechanics of materials."

––Daining Fang, LTCS, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China

"This book covers a wide range of topics from the fundamental aspects of mechanics to the mechanical properties of various materials including functional bulk materials and coating materials as well as thin films. I believe such a comprehensive book will be most helpful for the graduate students particularly in the mechanical engineering and materials science and engineering departments."

––Jing-Feng Li, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

"This is a textbook uniquely designed to interest students and researchers alike with an integrated method in dealing with material mechanical properties: macroscopic failure is explained with microscopic reasons. This is an interesting and surely good new perspective in understanding materials properties, functions and failure. Senior undergraduate students, research students and seasoned researchers in materials science and engineering would find it very useful."

—Sam Zhang, Nanyang Technological University

Table of Contents


Fundamentals of Elasto-Plastic Mechanics




Stress–Strain Relationship

Basis of Macro- and Microfracture Mechanics

Analysis of Macrofracture Mechanics

Analysis of Microfracture Mechanics

Basic Mechanical Properties of Materials

Basic Mechanical Properties of Materials

Measurement of the Basic Mechanical Properties of Materials

Material Hardness and the Size Effect

Introduction to Material Hardness

Brinell Hardness

Rockwell Hardness

Vickers Hardness

Dynamic Indentation Hardness Testing

Scratch Testing for Materials’ Hardness



Size Effect in Materials and Hardness

Testing of Material Fracture Toughness

Testing of Plane Strain Fracture Toughness KIC

Testing of Surface Crack’s Fracture Toughness KIE

Testing of Plane Stress Fracture Toughness KC

Testing of J Integral’s Critical Value JIC

Testing of COD’s Critical Value δC

Residual Stresses in Materials

Introduction to Residual Stresses

Measurement of Residual Stresses

Influence of Residual Stresses on the Mechanical Properties of Materials

Creep and Fatigue of Metals

Introduction to Creep of Metallic Materials

Creep Mechanisms and Creep Mechanism Diagrams of Metallic Materials

Introduction to Fatigue of Metallic Materials

Fatigue Failure and Fatigue Mechanisms of Metallic Materials

Methodology of Study of Fatigue Failure in Metallic Materials

Cyclic Stress–Strain Curves of Metallic Materials

Interaction of Creep and Fatigue

Mechanical Properties of Materials in Environmental Media

Stress Corrosion Cracking

Hydrogen Embrittlement

Corrosion Fatigue Cracking

Corrosive Wear

Other Environmentally Assisted Cracking or Embrittlement Issues

Macro- and Microcomputational Materials Mechanics

Structural Hierarchy of Materials and Computational Materials Science

Computational Material Mechanics at the Macroscale

Computational Micromechanics of Materials

Computational Nanomechanics of Materials

Multiscale Computational Analysis

Mechanical Properties of Smart Materials

Introduction to Smart Materials

Shape Memory Alloys

Magnetostrictive Materials and Ferromagnetic Shape Memory Alloys

Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Materials

Mechanical Properties of Thin Films

An Overview

Elastic Modulus and Stress–Strain Relationship of Thin Films

Residual Stress of Thin Films

Interface Fracture Toughness of Thin Films

Fracture and Polarization of Ferroelectric Films

Flexure of Ductile Thin Films

Mechanical Properties of Polymer Materials

Polymer Viscoelasticity

Mechanical Models of Viscoelastic Behavior of Polymers

Hyperelasticity of Polymers

Yielding and Fracture of Polymers

Ceramics and the Mechanical Properties of Ceramic Coating Materials

Overview of Ceramic Materials

Mechanical Properties of Ceramic Materials

Fracture Toughness and Testing Methods of Ceramic Materials

Strength of Ceramic Materials

Thermal Shock Resistance of Ceramic Materials

Creep of Ceramic Materials

Mechanical Properties of Composite Materials

Introduction to Composite Materials

Mechanical Properties of Fiber-Reinforced Composite Materials

Mechanical Properties of Particle-Reinforced Composite Materials

Applications and Prospects of the Development of Composite Materials


Chapters include exercises and references.

About the Series

Advances in Materials Science and Engineering

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / General
SCIENCE / Solid State Physics