SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1977

Compliance Calibration of Specimens Used in the R-Curve Practice


The compliance calibrations for the compact (CS) and crack-line-wedge-loaded (CLWL) specimens have been determined by experimental measurements and by boundary-collocation analysis. The CS and CLWL specimen configurations were modeled more accurately than those used in previous analytical investigations. Polynomial expressions for the compliance at various stations along the crack line for the CS and CLWL specimens are presented. The compliance calibrations for the center-crack tension (CCT) specimen have been determined theoretically by boundary-collocation and finite-element analysis. The calculated compliance values for the CCT specimen are compared with values obtained from the Irwin-Westergaard expression and from a modification to the Irwin-Westergaard expression proposed by Eftis and Liebowitz. The Eftis-Liebowitz expression was found to be in good agreement (± 2 percent) with both analyses for crack aspect ratios up to 0.8 and for gage half-span to specimen width ratios up to 0.5.

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McCabe, DE
Armco Steel Corp., Middletown, Ohio
Sha, GT
Alcoa Research Laboratories, Alcoa Center, Pa
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 82–95
DOI: 10.1520/STP28701S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4704-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0321-4