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NIST Recommended Practice Guide: Fractography of Ceramics and Glasses, 2nd edition



George D. Quinn


Fractography is a powerful tool for the analysis of fractured glasses and ceramics. It is applicable to fractures created under controlled conditions in the laboratory and to component failures in service. Fractography can identify the cause of failure and can even provide quantitative information about the loading conditions. The goal of this Guide is to make fractographic analysis of brittle materials less an art and more an engineering practice for scientists and engineers. This guide emphasizes practical approaches for problem solving and failure analyses.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 960-16e2
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ceramic, glass, fractography, microscopy, failure analysis


Quinn, G. (2016), NIST Recommended Practice Guide: Fractography of Ceramics and Glasses, 2nd edition, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 24, 2024)


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Created May 10, 2016, Updated March 1, 2021