STP668

    Effect of Size on the J Fracture Criterion

    Published: Jan 1979


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    Abstract

    Experimental evidence showing the size dependence of JIc in ferritic steels is presented. This behavior is described in terms of a relatively simple mechanistic model for cleavage fracture. It is shown that the mechanisms of cleavage fracture and ductile slow crack growth are always in competition and this leads to the behavior frequently encountered in fracture tests where initially ductile crack extension leads to fast brittle failure. The size effect is also discussed in terms of a shift in the ductile brittle transition temperature. The implications on failure assessment procedures are mentioned.

    Keywords:

    fracture criterion, size effect, cleavage failure, slow crack growth, J, -integral, fracture toughness, ferritic steels, ductile brittle transition (toughness), failure assessment, elastic-plastic, crack propagation


    Author Information:

    Milne, I
    Research officer and Fracture Mechanics Project leader, Central Electricity Research Laboratories, Leatherhead, Surrey

    Chell, GG
    Research officer and Fracture Mechanics Project leader, Central Electricity Research Laboratories, Leatherhead, Surrey


    Paper ID: STP35839S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.08

    DOI: 10.1520/STP35839S


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