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An elastic-plastic R-curve instability prediction method is reported. The method is prepared in a format such that the computational steps outlined can be used as a guide to make instability predictions. Three example problems are given.
R-curve, test procedure, instability, fracture mechanics, compliance, plastic zone, ASTM Standard Method E 561, elastic-plastic
Senior engineer, Westinghouse Electric R&D, Pittsburgh, PA
Head, Fracture Mechanics Group, Research Center Geesthacht, Geesthacht,