SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1972

Ductile Fracture Initiation, Propagation, and Arrest in Cylindrical Vessels


Presented is a discussion of an hypothesized analytical explanation of ductile fracture initiation, propagation, and arrest in cylindrical pressure vessels and piping. The hypothesized analytical treatment is an attempt to predict initiation and arrest conditions for ductile fractures using Charpy V-notch plateau energy as a means of determining the toughness of the material. Data from a number of full-scale experiments on gas transmission pipe, nuclear reactor piping, and other cylindrical vessels are presented and are shown to be in agreement with the hypothesis.

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Maxey, WA
Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio
Kiefner, JF
Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio
Eiber, RJ
Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio
Duffy, AR
Battelle Memorial Institute, Columbus, Ohio
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Developed by Committee: E08
Pages: 70–81
DOI: 10.1520/STP38819S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5575-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-5529-9