Professor of Solid and Structural Mechanics

Fracture mechanics

Asymptotic analyses of crack propagation have been developed in elastic and elastoplastic materials. The near-field stress/deformation fields have been solved and plastic and elastic sectors have been determined in the case of plastic materials.

We have proposed and tested with experiments new analytical models for detecting crack trajectories in brittle-elastic materials with defects.

We have provided the first asymptotic solution for steady crack propagation in an elastic-plastic fluid-saturated porous material, in which near-tip stress and pore pressure fields are determined.

Unaware of previous work by Prof. Guz and co-Workers, we have independently derived the first asymptotic solution for a crack in a prestressed elastic material.

We have provided the first analytical solution for a discrete-fibre model for bridged cracks and reinforced elliptical voids.

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