ICSID 2018

Dubrovnik, Croatia, October 2 – 5, 2018

Fracture mechanics in engineering failure analysis – applications in the mining industry

Richard E Clegg, Queensland University of Technology

Fracture mechanics has the potential to enrich our understanding of engineering failures, but is still not widely used. The paper will explore some approaches to how fracture mechanics can be applied to better understand the circumstances surrounding engineering failures and highlight some of the common pitfalls. The approach will be illustrated with case studies taken from the mining industry.