In this book, the authors bring together basic ideas from fracture mechanics and statistical physics, simulation and experimental results to make the statistical physics aspects of fracture more accessible.
They explain fracture phenomena, highlighting the role of disorder and heterogeneity from the viewpoint of statistical physics. The role of defects is discussed in brittle and ductile fracture, ductile to brittle transition, fracture dynamics, and failure of electrical networks. Self-organized critical models of earthquake and their relation to interface propagation are discussed. The text also includes a discussion of dynamical transitions in fracture propagation in theory and experiments, as well as an outline of analytical results in fi ber bundle model dynamics.
With its wide scope, in addition to the statistical physics community, the material here is equally accessible to engineers, earth scientists, mechanical engineers, and material scientists. It also serves as a textbook for graduate students and researchers in physics.