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    Volume 7, Issue 1 (January 2010)

    More Accurate Approximation of J-Integral Equation for Evaluating Fracture Resistance Curves

    (Received 12 May 2009; accepted 17 September 2009)

    Published Online: 22 October 2009


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    Accurate estimate of the J integral is required in a valid experimental evaluation of J-based fracture resistance curves for ductile materials. The fracture toughness test standard ASTM E1820 allows a basic method and a resistance curve method to be used experimentally to evaluate the J values via standard specimens. The basic method obtains J estimates using the η factor method that was developed for a stationary crack. The resistance curve method obtains crack growth corrected J estimates using an incremental equation that was proposed by Ernst (“Estimation on J-Integral and Tearing Modulus T from a Single Specimen Test Record,” Fracture Mechanics: Thirteenth Conference, ASTM STP 743, 1981, pp. 476–502) for a growing crack and has been accepted as the most accurate equation available for about three decades. Recently, Neimitz (“The Jump-Like Crack Growth Model, the Estimation of Fracture Energy and JR Curve,” Eng. Fract. Mech., Vol. 75, 2008, pp. 236–252), and Kroon (“A Probabilistic Model for Cleavage Fracture with a Length Scale-Parameter Estimation and Predictions of Growing Crack Experiments,” Eng. Fract. Mech., Vol. 75, 2008, pp. 2398–2417) presented two different approximate equations for the J-integral, which they proposed as more accurate than the Ernst equation. Therefore, further investigation is needed to determine a truly accurate approximation for the J-integral equation. With this objective, the present paper proposes different mathematical and physical models to approximate the J-integral equation. The physical models are developed in terms of the deformation theory and the jump-like crack growth assumption. Relations between the proposed models and the existing equations are identified. Systematic evaluations of the proposed models are then made using a theoretical procedure of J-R curves for both low and high strain hardening materials, and using experimental data from an actual single edge-notched bend specimen made of HY80 steel. Accuracy of the proposed models is determined, and a more accurate approximation of J-integral equation is thus suggested for J-R curve testing.

    Author Information:

    Zhu, Xian-Kui
    Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, OH

    Joyce, James A.
    Mechanical Engineering Dept., U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

    Stock #: JAI102505


    DOI: 10.1520/JAI102505

    Title More Accurate Approximation of J-Integral Equation for Evaluating Fracture Resistance Curves
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    Committee E08