Textbook information:

Fracture Mechanics: Fundamentals and Applications

3rd Edition

T. L. Anderson

Taylor and Francis Group; CRC Press

ISBN No. 0-8493-1656-1

Additional Course References:

Elementary Engineering Fracture Mechanics

Broek

90-247-2656-5 PB

(beware of math errors)

Strength and Fracture of Engineering Solids, 2nd edition

Felbeck and Atkins

Prentice Hall

0-13-856113-3

Advanced Fracture Mechanics

Kanninen and Popelar

Oxford Science Publications

0-19-503532-1

Principles of Fracture Mechanics

Sanford

Prentice Hall

0-13-092992-1

Preliminary List of Topics

Introduction

Linear
Elastic Fracture Mechanics

Elastic
Plastic Fracture Mechanics

Applications:
Failure Analysis, Testing

Griffith 1921 The Phenomena
of Rupture and Flow in Solids

Inglis used the mathematical approximation of a degenerate ellipse to deduce

how a far field stress is related to local stresses.

Below is a link to information on ellipses.

http://www.du.edu/~jcalvert/math/ellipse.htm

Below is a link to a public domain finite element program that can read

ABAQUS input files.

Below is a link to a MatLab Rainflow Counting Program

http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/loadFile.do?objectId=3026&objectType=FILE

Here is a link to an Excel Add-in for creating Polar Plots:

http://www.andypope.info/charts/polarplot3.htm

Note: it works well if you grid your data evenly by 1
degree increments (0-360 degrees).

You may want to offset the angle by 270 degrees to align with
Cartesian system.

You may need to adjust the output cells so it does not overwrite
your data.

The data selected should be your r-values, and the data is
organized in theta, r1, r2, r3, ... columns.

Thanks to the AJP Excel Information website.