S07: Fracture in Large Scale Metallic Infrastructure: Advances, Challenges, and Opportunities


The last four decades have seen major advances in fracture mechanics as applied to metallic structures – this includes discovery of new micromechanisms for fracture under various regimes (ductile, brittle, transition, and low cycle fatigue), corresponding rupture criteria, and numerical methods to simulate fracture in steel components and structures. Despite these advances, translating them effectively to mitigate fracture risk in large-scale metallic infrastructure is hindered by several challenges. These challenges include (1) technical – requiring refinement and upscaling of micromechanics-based models to the structure scale, (2) practical – involving development of standardized testing and simulation protocols, and (3) educational – involving training the civil engineering workforce in the discipline of fracture mechanics. This symposium will bring together the very top leaders engaged in the fundamental development as well as practical applications of fracture mechanics in metal structures. It is anticipated that the symposium will spawn application-driven research, while aiding technology transfer to the profession by bringing together individuals from across the globe at various stages in their careers.


Amit Kanvinde, Professor, University of California Davis

Xudong Qian, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore


Amit Kanvinde (kanvinde@ucdavis.edu)