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Significance and Use
5.1 The property G1c (and G1a if relevant) determined by this test method characterizes the resistance of a material to slow-stable or run-arrest fracturing in a neutral environment in the presence of a sharp crack under severe tensile constraint, such that the state of stress near the crack front approaches tritensile plane strain, and the crack-tip plastic region is small compared with the crack size and specimen dimensions in the constraint direction. It has not been proven that tough adhesive systems fully meet this criteria. Therefore, data developed using equations based on this assumption may not represent plane-strain fracture values. Comparison of fracture toughness between adhesive systems widely different in brittleness or toughness should take this into consideration. In general, systems of similar type toughness (3, 4, 7, 8, 10) can be compared as can the effect of environment on toughness of a single system. A G1c value is believed to represent a lower limiting value of fracture toughness for a given temperature, strain rate, and adhesive condition as defined by manufacturing variables. This value may be used to estimate the relation between failure stress and defect size for a material in service wherein the conditions of high constraint described above would be expected. Background information concerning the basis for development of this test method in terms of linear elastic fracture mechanics may be found in Refs (6) and (7).
5.1.1 Cyclic loads can cause crack extension at G1 values less than G1c value. Furthermore, progressive stable crack extension under cyclic or sustained load may be promoted by the presence of certain environments. Therefore, application of G1c in the design of service components should be made with awareness of the G increase for a prior crack which may occur in service due to slow-stable crack-extension.
5.2.1 In research and development to establish, in quantitative terms, significant to service performance, the effects of adhesive composition, primers, adherend surface treatments, supporting adhesive carriers (scrim), processing variables, and environmental effects.
5.2.2 In service evaluation to establish the suitability of an adhesive system for a specific application for which the stress conditions are prescribed and for which maximum flaw sizes can be established with confidence.
5.2.3 For specifications of acceptance and manufacturing quality control, but only when there is a sound basis for specification of minimum G1c values. The specification of G1c values in relation to a particular application should signify that a fracture control study has been conducted on the component in relation to the expected history of loading and environment, and in relation to the sensitivity and reliability of the crack detection procedures that are to be applied prior to service and subsequently during the anticipated life.
1.1 This test method(1, 2, 5, 6, 9)2 covers the determination of fracture strength in cleavage of adhesives when tested on standard specimens and under specified conditions of preparation and testing (Note 1).
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
A167 Specification for Stainless and Heat-Resisting Chromium-Nickel Steel Plate, Sheet, and Strip
A366/A366M Specification for Commercial Steel (CS) Sheet, Carbon, (0.15 Maximum Percent) Cold-Rolled
B36/B36M Specification for Brass Plate, Sheet, Strip, And Rolled Bar
B152/B152M Specification for Copper Sheet, Strip, Plate, and Rolled Bar
B209 Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloy Sheet and Plate
B265 Specification for Titanium and Titanium Alloy Strip, Sheet, and Plate
D907 Terminology of Adhesives
E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines
E399 Test Method for Linear-Elastic Plane-Strain Fracture Toughness K Ic of Metallic Materials
ICS Number Code 83.180 (Adhesives)
UNSPSC Code 31201600(Other adhesives and sealants)