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Depending on the ultimate purpose of the test, many wide-plate test specimen designs have been developed to provide a quantitative framework for evaluating both the fracture initiation and the fracture propagation or arrest conditions. This paper focuses on historical developments in wide-plate testing with respect to fracture initiation behavior problems only. This paper also addresses the role, as well as the limitations, of wide-plate testing in fracture research.
weldments, wide-plate testing, crack-tip opening displacement (CTOD), Charpy V-notch impact test, brittle fracture, residual stress, defects, cracks, notches, toughness requirements, test requirements
Professor and research manager, Laboratorium Soete Rijksuniversiteit Gent, Gent,