Sulla storia degli studi di frattura in Italia

Roberto L. Colombo, Donato Firrao


History of studies of fracture is inherently intermingled with the history of technology developments.
In the beginning very little was written about. We must credit Leonardo and Galileo as the first
ones that wrote about the problem and on how to measure and foresee rupture loads. Later, nineteenth century
italian scientists distinguished themselves in attempting to establish material laws and multiple stresses
rupture criteria. A review of the works of past centuries italian scientists is presented, along with a critical
comparison with the work of other past european scientists.

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