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Editor's Preface



Kalman D. Migler, S G. Hatzikiriakos


The work of J.R. Rice has been central to developments in solid mechanics over the last thirty years. This volume collects 21 articles on deformation and fracture in honor of J.R. Rice on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Contributors include students (P.M. Anderson, G. Beltz, T.-J. Chuang, W.J. Drugan, H. Gao, M. Kachanov, V.C. Li, R.M. McMeeking, S.D. Mesarovic, J.Pan, A Rubinstein, and J.W. Rudnicki), post-docs (L. B. Sills, Y., J. Yu, J.-S. Wang), visting scholars (G. Cotterell, S. Kubo, H. Riedel) and co-authors (R.M.; Thomson and Z. Suo) These articles provide a window on the diverseapplications of modern solid mechanics to problems of deformation and fracture and insight into recent developments. The last thirty years have seen many changes to the practice and applications of solid mechanics. Some are due to the end of the Cold War and changes in the economy. The drive for competitiveness has accelerated the need to develop new types of materials without the costly and time-consuming process of trial and error. An essential element is a better understanding of the interaction of macroscopic material behavior with microscale processes, not only mechanical interactions, but also chemical and diffusive mass transfer. Unprecedented growth in the power of computing has made it possible to attack increasingly complex problems. In turn, this ability demands more sophisticated and realistic material models. A consistent theme in modern solid mechanics, and in this volume, is the effort to integrate information from different size scales. In particular, there is an increasing emphasis on understanding the role of microstructural and even atomistic processes on macroscopic material behavior. Despite the great advances in computational power, current levels do not approach that needed to employ atomic level formulations in practical applications. Consequently, idealized problems that link behavior at small, even atomic, size scales to macroscopic behavior remain essential. It would be presumptuous to hope that the articles hare are as original, rigorous, clear and as strongly connected to observations as the work of the man they are meant to honor. Nevertheless, we hope that they do reflect the high standards that he has set. That they do is in no small measure a consequence of the interaction, both formal and informal, of the authors with J.R. Rice and the inspiration that his work has provided.
Proceedings Title
60th Anniversery Volume Multi-Scale Deformation and Fracture in Materials and Structures--The James R. Rice 60th Anniversary Volume
Conference Dates
December 1, 2000
Conference Location
Dordrecht, NL
Conference Title
Multi-Scale Deformation and Fracture in Materials and Structures


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Migler, K. and Hatzikiriakos, S. (2000), Editor's Preface, 60th Anniversery Volume Multi-Scale Deformation and Fracture in Materials and Structures--The James R. Rice 60th Anniversary Volume, Dordrecht, NL (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created December 1, 2000, Updated February 19, 2017