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A correction of CTOD for constraint loss in large-scale yielding conditions is made on the basis of the Weibull stress fracture criterion, that eliminates an excessive conservatism in the conventional fracture assessment and material fracture toughness requirement. A CTOD ratio β = δ3P/ δWP (< 1) is proposed, where δWP is the CTOD of a wide plate component and δ3Pis an equivalent CTOD of the fracture toughness specimen at which the toughness specimen gives a compatible Weibull stress with the wide plate. The CTOD ratio β is decreased to a large extent after full yielding of the wide plate component, which is more significant for a high yield ratio YR and a deep surface crack in the wide plate. The Weibull modulus m exerts a marginal influence on β. A case study is presented on the application of the CTOD ratio β to the fracture performance assessment of full-scale column-to-beam connections subjected to cyclic and dynamic loading.
brittle fracture, constraint effect, transferability analysis, fracture toughness, fracture performance, equivalent CTOD, Weibull stress criterion, structural steels
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Osaka,
General Manager, Sumitomo Metal Industries, LTD., Hyogo,