ASTM E338-03

    Standard Test Method of Sharp-Notch Tension Testing of High-Strength Sheet Materials (Withdrawn 2010)

    Withdrawn Standard: ASTM E338-03 | Developed by Subcommittee: E08.07

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    Withdrawn Rationale:

    This test method covers the determination of a comparative measure of the resistance of sheet materials to unstable fracture originating from a very sharp stress-concentrator or crack. It relates specifically to fracture under continuously increasing force and excludes conditions of applying force that produce creep or fatigue. The quantity determined is the sharp-notch strength of a specimen of particular dimensions, and this value depends upon these dimensions as well as the characteristics of the material. The sharp-notch strength:yield strength ratio is also determined.

    Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, this test method was withdrawn in October 2010 because the standard is substantially out of date with respect to current referenced standards as well as with current fracture mechanics understanding.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of a comparative measure of the resistance of sheet materials to unstable fracture originating from a very sharp stress-concentrator or crack. It relates specifically to fracture under continuously increasing force and excludes conditions of applying force that produce creep or fatigue. The quantity determined is the sharp-notch strength of a specimen of particular dimensions, and this value depends upon these dimensions as well as the characteristics of the material. The sharp-notch strength:yield strength ratio is also determined.

    1.2 This test method is restricted to one specimen width which is generally suitable for evaluation of high-strength materials (yield strength-to-density ratio above 18 kgf/mm2)/(g/cm3) or (700000 psi/lbin.3 ). The test will discriminate differences in resistance to unstable fracture when the sharp-notch strength is less than the tensile yield strength. The discrimination increases as the ratio of the notch strength to the yield strength decreases.

    1.3 This test method is restricted to sheet materials not less than 0.64 mm (0.025 in.) and not exceeding 6 mm (0.25 in.) in thickness. Since the notch strength may depend on the sheet thickness, comparison of various material conditions must be based on tests of specimens having the same nominal thickness.

    1.4 The sharp-notch strength may depend strongly upon temperature within a certain range depending upon the characteristics of the material. The test method is suitable for tests at any appropriate temperature. However, comparisons of various material conditions must be based on tests conducted at the same temperature.

    Note 1—Further information on background and need for this type of test is given in the first report by the ASTM Committee on Fracture Testing of High-Strength Sheet Materials.

    Note 2—The values stated in SI (metric) units are to be regarded as the standard.

    1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.



    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    E4 Practices for Force Verification of Testing Machines

    E8 Test Methods for Tension Testing of Metallic Materials

    E602 Test Method for Sharp-Notch Tension Testing with Cylindrical Specimens

    E1823 Terminology Relating to Fatigue and Fracture Testing


    DOI: 10.1520/E0338-03

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