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    Interpretation of Warm Prestress-Induced Fracture Toughness Based on Crack-Tip Constraint

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    This study explores the possibility of using J-Q-related crack-tip constraint concepts to provide a basis for both the interpretation of warm prestress (WPS)-induced fracture toughness and its transferability to structural applications. A finite-element boundary-layer formulation based on small-scale yielding (SSY), remote mode I K-dominant assumptions is adopted. Effects of WPS-induced crack-tip constraint are quantified in terms of deviation in either the opening-mode or the mean stress component of the WPS crack-tip fields relative to the reference K-dominant SSY state associated with monotonic-loading conditions. Over the range of WPS load-paths considered the WPS-induced crack-tip constraint closely resembles a spatially varying hydrostatic stress field. Interpretation and transferability of WPS fracture toughness under SSY conditions are specified in terms of the unload and reload ratio.


    warm prestress, J-Q theory, crack-tip constraint, fracture toughness, crack-tip fields, small-scale yielding

    Author Information:

    Shum, DKM
    Development Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN

    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP14625S