Volume 37, Issue 4 (July 2009)
Crack Mouth Opening Displacement-Based η Factors for SE(B) Specimens
Three-dimensional finite element analysis of SE(B) fracture toughness specimens with crack sizes ranging from a/W=0.1–0.6 were performed to develop ηCMOD values for estimating Jpl in fracture toughness tests. The analyses included specimens with smooth sides and 20 % sidegrooves. The results for ηCMOD were 4–9 % lower than previously published results based on two-dimensional plane strain analysis. A simple linear expression for ηCMOD(a/W) was proposed for introduction into ASTM E1820 for calculating Jpl in SE(B) specimens with 0.05≤a/W≤0.7.