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A method for determining crack-growth resistance curves previously proposed by the author is derived from fundamental relationships. Data are presented that further demonstrate the application of the method to materials having a wide range of properties. It is concluded that the use of this method results in obtaining fracture properties not previously measured directly.
ductile fracture, tests, crack propagation, crack-growth resistance curves, crack-opening displacement, J, integral, compact specimen
Engineer of advanced mechanics of materials, Turbine Technology Laboratory, General Electric Company, Schenectady, NY