Mechanical Engineering Faculty Research

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This paper reviews recent developments in the Weibull stress model for prediction of cleavage fracture in ferritic steels. The procedure to calibrate the Weibull stress parameters builds upon the toughness scaling model between two crack configurations having different constraint levels and eliminates the recently discovered non-uniqueness that arises in calibrations using only fracture toughness data obtained under small scale yielding (SSY) conditions. The introduction of a non-zero threshold value for Weibull stress in the expression for cumulative failure probability is consistent with the experimental observations that there exists a minimum toughness value for cleavage fracture in ferritic steels, and brings numerical predictions of the scatter in fracture toughness data into better agreement with experiments. The calibrated model predicts accurately the toughness distributions for a variety of crack configurations including surface crack specimens subject to different combinations of bending tension.

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Proceedings of the 9th European Mechanics of Materials Conference

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