High Temperature Fracture Mechanisms and Mechanics
The need for higher service temperatures and stresses in nuclear reactors and jet engines, for example, has produced a large number of studies on the behaviour and the rupture of materials at high temperatures in the last two decades. The international MECAMAT Seminar on High Temperature Mechanisms and Mechanics was held in Dourdan, France in 1987. The aim of this meeting was to bring together engineers and scientists to review and discuss recent and possible future developments in approaches to high temperature fracture. The main topics covered by the seminar were: high temperature damage mechanisms and macroscopic modelling; applications to crack initiation predictions in structures; global and local approaches to creep cracking; global and local approaches to thermal fatigue cracking; numerical methods applied to cracking models.