7. Section 7: Material Failure

  1. Clifford Matthews

Published Online: 19 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119967958.ch7

Engineers' Data Book, Fourth Edition

Engineers' Data Book, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Matthews, C. (2012) Section 7: Material Failure, in Engineers' Data Book, Fourth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119967958.ch7

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 27 JAN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119976226

Online ISBN: 9781119967958



  • material failure, and fracture;
  • linear elastic fracture mechanics (LEFM) approach;
  • LEFM method, based on ‘fast fracture’ equation;
  • multi-axis stress states, and different ‘approaches’;
  • fatigue, subject to fatigue loadings;
  • materials, ‘fatigue limit’ and fatigue failure characteristics;
  • stress loading types;
  • FOSs, role in engineering design;
  • United states practice, technical standards, USCS of units;
  • problems of completely false theorems


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • How materials fail

  • LEFM method

  • Multi-axis stress states

  • Fatigue

  • Factors of safety

  • United states practice

  • Ultimate jigsaw – what everything is made of