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Crack

It is well-known that cracks are important in engineering because they
sometimes lead to failures of structures. Indeed, ``fracture
mechanics'' is synonymous with the mechanics of cracks. To investigate
phenomena related to fractures precisely three-dimensional analyses
of crack problems are indispensable. However, three-dimensional
analyses will inevitably become large-scale. Hence, we attempt to
apply FM-BIEM to large-scale crack problems. In this section we
formulate crack problems and derive the corresponding integral
equations, taking the elastostatics case as an example.

*Ken-ichi Yoshida*

*2001-07-28*