Part 1 Chapter headings and selected papers: preface; acknowledgements; international congress on fracture - officers; ICF8 steering committee; ICF8 programme committee; ICF8 national organizing committee. Part 2 Mechanics and criteria of fracture: deformation criteria in fracture mechanics of materials, V.V. Panasyuk; the science and engineering of fracture, J.F. Knott. Part 3 Stress-strain analysis in solids with cracks: smart computational fracture of materials and structures, H. Liebowitz et al; asymptotic equations for nonlinear strains in material interface corners and cracks, M. Scherzer. Part 4 Fatigue - physics and mechanics of fracture: fracture and fatigue of sintered steel, B. Cotterell and Y.W. Mai; effect of flaws on fatigue strength of cast materials, K. Morita et al. Part 5 Dynamic feature: numerical simulation of dynamic fracture of concrete targets impacted by steel rods, E.P. Chen. Part 6 Environmental effects: environmental assisted cracking in alloy 600 components in PWR primary water, P.M. Scott. Part 7 Temperature influence on fracture: influence of dwell at peak load on elevated temperature fatigue crack growth in Waspaloy, J. Byrne and R. Hall; subcritical crack growth in polymer composite materials under creep, A.A. Kaminsky. Part 8 Advanced and special-purpose materials - physics and mechanics of fracture: surface and sub-surface cracks under contact loads in transformation toughened ceramics, N.B. Thomsen and B.L. Karihaloo; reliable plastic products through applying failure analysis and basic principles, J.L. Spoormaker. Part 9 Engineering applications of fracture mechanics: safety and quality assessment of linepipes for gas transportation, A.N. Kumar; towards damage tolerance of aging airframes, G.I. Nesterenko. Part 10 Fracture mechanics and the strength of welded joints and structures: influence of hydrides on the strengths of Zircaloy-4 plate, J.B. Bai and D. Francois. Part 11 Testing techniques and failure diagnostics: transferability of elastic-plastic fracture mechanics parameters to cracked components, K. Kussumaul et al. Part 12 Plenary lecture: problems of welding and strength of structures, B.E. Paton.