RESEARCH PAPERS: Offshore Mechanics

Brittle Fracture in Heavy Section Welded T-Joints: Correlation Between Stress Intensity at Fracture and Small-Specimen Toughness Tests

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W. R. Tyson, O. Vosikovsky, B. Faucher

PMRL, CANMET, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

D. J. Burns

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

J. Offshore Mech. Arct. Eng 112(1), 53-57 (Feb 01, 1990) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2919835 History: Received January 01, 1987; Revised June 21, 1989


A fracture mechanics analysis has been made of brittle fractures encountered during a program of fatigue tests of welded plate T-joints. Fracture toughnesses are in reasonable agreement with small-sample test results, if the following factors are taken into account: a specimen size effect (with larger samples having lower toughness); existence of a substantial contribution to the stress intensity factor from residual stresses; and shakedown of residual stresses, with shakedown increasing with increasing applied stress.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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