plane of weakness

plane of weakness

Of a structure under stress, that plane along which fracture is most likely to take place, as a result of design or accident or the properties of the structure and its loading.
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Halakatevakis and Sofianos [9] investigated Hoek-Brown criterion analytically through an extended plane of weakness theory and validated it with experimental evidence on physical specimens.
We present below a case of a 37 year old man with SCC of the left forefoot, which spread through a natural plane of weakness in the dermal-epidermal junction as a complication of the congenital weakness in the area resulting from EB.
That, combined with the geometric notch at the root of the head, creates a plane of weakness in the rivet.
The first break occurred in a crystallographic plane of weakness close to the point of attachment.
Halakatevakis and Sofianos [14] investigated the Hoek-Brown criterion analytically through an extended plane of weakness theory.
A construction joint occurs when concrete pouring is stopped for 30 minutes or more; a control joint is a deliberate plane of weakness to control the location of cracks that will occur; and expansion joints allow space for the concrete to expand and contract with temperature changes.