SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1997

Ductile-to-Brittle Transition Characterization Using Surface Crack Specimens Loaded in Combined Tension and Bending


Surface cracked tension specimens of ASTM A515, Grade B steel plate were tested to failure in the ductile-to-brittle transition region. Two different specimen configurations were used: one configuration was loaded in tension except for the natural bending resulting from the presence of the surface crack, the second configuration had an offset test section and was pin-loaded to provide a strong bending component in addition to the tension load. For each configuration, at least seven repeat tests were conducted at each of two temperatures. All specimens failed by cleavage and the critical J-integral, Jc, was obtained using three-dimensional finite element analysis of the specimen. The FEM analysis was validated by comparison with experimental strain gage and displacement measurements taken during the tests. The results were compared with previous fracture toughness measurements on the same plate using 2T SE(B) specimens and surface cracked bend SC(B) specimens. The present results exhibited the expected elevation in fracture toughness and downward shift in the transition temperature compared to the highly constrained, deeply cracked SE(B) specimens. The master curve approach was used to characterize the transition curves for each specimen geometry and the shift in the transition temperature was characterized by the associated reference temperature.

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Joyce, JA
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis
Link, RE
U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 243–262
DOI: 10.1520/STP12311S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5374-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2410-3