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Stress Intensity Factors and Weight Functions for Longitudinal Semi-Elliptical Surface Cracks Inside Thick-Walled Cylinders Using Highly-Refined Finite-Element Models

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Adam R. Hinkle, James E. Holliday, David P. Jones

Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation, West Mifflin, PA

Paper No. PVP2010-25171, pp. 519-556; 38 pages
  • ASME 2010 Pressure Vessels and Piping Division/K-PVP Conference
  • ASME 2010 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference: Volume 3
  • Bellevue, Washington, USA, July 18–22, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4922-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3878-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


Fracture mechanics and fatigue crack-growth analysis rely heavily upon accurate values of stress intensity factors. They provide a convenient, single-parameter description to characterize the amplitude of the stress-field singularity at the crack tip, and are used to correlate brittle fracture and crack growth in pressure vessel and piping applications. Mode-I stress intensity factors that have been obtained for longitudinal semi-elliptical surface flaws on the inside of thick-walled cylinders using highly-refined finite element models are investigated. Using these results, weight function solutions are constructed and selected geometries are validated.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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