SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1998

Fatigue and Fracture of Art Made from Composite Materials


Art, in the form of sculpture and masonry murals, has been and is often made from composite materials. Natural fiber materials are used often for sculpture and murals. Examples of art are discussed in relation to most of the important topics of the symposium: fracture by impact; thermal fatigue and fracture; multiaxial loading failure; new composite materials for art; and the monitoring of damage growth. Fracture of art can be caused by centuries of stress fatigue, pollution, seismic activity, and dynamic impact due to theft or bad custodial care. Modern designers should consider structural design and composite material in the selection process to ensure longevity of the art.

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Reilly, JK
, Lyndell, PA
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 301–306
DOI: 10.1520/STP13280S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5382-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2609-1