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Applicability of Plastic Eta Factor Solutions in J Estimation Procedures for Tensile SE(T) Fracture Specimens

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Claudio Ruggieri

University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil

Paper No. IPC2010-31471, pp. 245-255; 11 pages
  • 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference
  • 2010 8th International Pipeline Conference, Volume 4
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 27–October 1, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: International Petroleum Technology Institute and the Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4423-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3885-3
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This work investigates application of the η-factor (which bears direct connection with laboratory toughness measurements) on accurate and robust estimates of J for clamped single edge notch tension (SE(T)) specimens made of homogeneous and welded materials using load-displacement records. Very detailed nonlinear finite element analyses for plane-strain models provide the evolution of load with increased load-line displacement and crack mouth opening displacement to define the applied load as a separable function dependent upon crack geometry, material deformation and mismatch level. The procedure enables determining the corresponding separation parameters for each specimen geometry thereby allowing evaluation of factor η derived from a load separation analysis. The study shows that η-factors based on load-displacement records defining the plastic area provide effective and accurate toughness measurements for clamped SE(T) fracture specimens. The analyses also revealed that η-factors for clamped SE(T) fracture specimens based on load-line displacement (LLD) records and plastic area are relatively insensitive to weld strength mismatch. Overall, the present results provide a strong support to use η-based procedures in toughness measurements using clamped SE(T) fracture specimens.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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