By Andrew Vachss

TO:UNIT three Chicago

SUBJECT:Specimen Retrieval

TARGET: Shadowy hunter-killer groups, ID'ed through signature kills around the globe. Identifiable in basic terms by way of skull-spine elimination from sufferers. No witnesses, no forensics, no specific race detailed. On infrequent events, scraps of what seem to be cards came upon at homicide sites.

OBJECTIVE: find and seize any member of such groups. needs to be taken alive for examine and observation.

AUTHORIZATION licensed to be used of out of doors CONTRACTOR: person ID'ed in basic terms as "Cross" and his crew. A natural mercenary outfit, popular all through legal underworld--no within informants on hand. Ruthless, undeterred through possibility, rumored by no means to fail, yet by no means to be depended on. No recognized political or social aim, yet has confirmed treacherous whilst retained through govt within the past.

UPDATE: go and his group declare to have pointed out a development to the signature-kills, and think they could are expecting a coming near near strike. they're ready to individually confront-and-capture, yet monetary association by myself no longer adequate. What you describe as a "Get Out of penitentiary Free" card is hereby authorized

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The great success of fracture mechanics has been to show that, under certain well-defined conditions, the propagation of the crack can be predicted using some very simple linear elastic analysis. When these conditions prevail, we are in the realm of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics (LEFM). We will first describe the basic theory of LEFM, leaving discussion of its limitations and assumptions for later. , 2002; Knott, 1973). We can predict the conditions necessary for brittle fracture, and also for slow crack growth by fatigue and stress-corrosion cracking, assuming that a crack already exists.

The justification for using LEFM is generally explained as follows: provided the non-linear zone is small compared to the dimensions of the body – that is provided the surrounding linear-elastic zone is much larger than the process zone – then conditions of stress and strain inside the non-linear zone, though they may be poorly known, are nevertheless uniquely characterised by conditions within the linear zone. This statement is much easier to make than it is to prove – for the interested reader I feel that Broberg, in his recent book, probably comes closest to a theoretical proof (Broberg, 1999).

We have not discussed here many of the more advanced techniques, which will be described in subsequent chapters; however, these techniques are, for the most part, used only in academic research and not in engineering practice. The current position is unsatisfactory, containing limitations which ultimately affect our ability to design load-bearing structures with confidence. We can predict material failure with precision only in two rather special cases. The first is simple tension, as described by the stress–strain curve, and the second is the propagation of pre-existing cracks as described by LEFM.

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