Ductile Fracture Initiation, Propagation, and Arrest in Cylindrical Vessels

    Published: Jan 1972

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    Presented is a discussion of an hypothesized analytical explanation of ductile fracture initiation, propagation, and arrest in cylindrical pressure vessels and piping. The hypothesized analytical treatment is an attempt to predict initiation and arrest conditions for ductile fractures using Charpy V-notch plateau energy as a means of determining the toughness of the material. Data from a number of full-scale experiments on gas transmission pipe, nuclear reactor piping, and other cylindrical vessels are presented and are shown to be in agreement with the hypothesis.


    fracture (materials), fracturing (cracking), crack propagation, crack initiation, failure, fracture strength, toughness, ductility, yield strength, geometries, pressure vessels, stainless steels, steels

    Author Information:

    Maxey, WA
    Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio

    Kiefner, JF
    Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio

    Eiber, RJ
    Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio

    Duffy, AR
    Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio

    Paper ID: STP38819S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.08

    DOI: 10.1520/STP38819S

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