This study considers the axisymmetric analysis of a finite cylinder containing a penny-shaped transverse crack. Material of the cylinder is assumed to be linearly elastic and isotropic. One end of the cylinder is bonded to a fixed support while the other end is subjected to uniform axial tension. Solution is obtained by superposing the solutions for an infinite cylinder loaded at infinity and an infinite cylinder containing four cracks and a rigid inclusion loaded along the cracks and the inclusion. When the radius of the inclusion approaches the radius of the cylinder, its mid-plane becomes fixed and when the radius of the distant cracks approach the radius of the cylinder, the ends become cut and subject to uniform tensile loads. General expressions for the perturbation problem are obtained by solving Navier equations with Fourier and Hankel transforms. Formulation of the problem is reduced to a system of five singular integral equations. By using Gauss-Lobatto and Gauss-Jacobi integration formulas, these five singular integral equations are converted to a system of linear algebraic equations which is solved numerically. Stress distributions along the rigid support, stress intensity factors at the edges of the rigid support and the crack are calculated. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.