Volume 8, Issue 1 (January 1980)
A Compact Specimen for Plane Strain Crack Arrest Toughness Testing
A test method is described for measuring plane strain crack arrest toughness KIa with a compact shaped specimen. The method has a number of advantages over those previously used. Rather than a fatigue crack for initiation, a machine-notched, brittle weld is used, which reduces testing costs. A very stiff loading system consisting of a wedge and bushing assembly allows for much higher ratios of initiation to arrest toughness than those allowed with pin-loaded double-cantilever specimens. The use of large initiation values is expected to allow for larger KIa measurements with modest-sized specimens.