Kenneth M. Cruikshank
Fractures: Introduction

Kenneth M. Cruikshank
Fractures: Introduction

This slide show introduces some elementary fracture mechanics, which becomes the foundation for understanding joints and faults.

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Schematic drawing illustrating the three fundamental modes of fracture

(Atkinson, 1987; Figure 1.1)

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Coordinate frame for analyses of linear elastic crack tip stress field

(Atkinson, 1987; Figure 1.2).

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