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MAE 561: Objectives


Write a review paper on the using the digital image correlation method for fracture analysis and fracture toughness prediction.

Summarize the state of art of the digital image correlation method and it application in fracture analysis



What is a review paper?

The purpose of a review paper is to succinctly review recent progress in a particular topic. Overall, the paper summarizes the current state of knowledge of the topic. It creates an understanding of the topic for the reader by discussing the findings presented in recent research papers From University of Wisconsin

Examples of review papers from Arizona State University



  • Overview of library databases and resources
  • Search techniques and tips for searching relevant engineering databases
  • Creating a Endnote account
  • Exporting some relevant references from a database to Endnote
  • Creating a bibliography using ASME format
  • Importance of crediting/attributing references 

Material formats

Different types of materials:

  • Journal articles: peer-reviewed, creditionals of the author, quality of the journal, metrics such as number of times article has been cited, impact factors
  • Conference papers: most recent developments, not always peer-reviewed
  • Books – synthesis of information, “big picture.”
  • Technical reports – not peer-reviewed but important technical information – often available free.
  • Patents - important for technical information (often not available elsewhere)
  • Standards - a document that provides rules or guidelines to achieve order in a given context