A novel method for fracture toughness assessment of inhomogeneous ferritic steel weldments using bimodal master curve analysis

Pekka Nevasmaa, Anssi Laukkanen, Tapio Planman, Kim Wallin

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    The basic Master Curve (MC) method for analysis of brittle fracture test results is intended only for macroscopically homogeneous ferritic steel. In reality, steels and welds often contain inhomogeneities that distort the standard MC analysis. The structural integrity assessment procedure SINTAP contains a lower tail modification of the MC analysis, enabling conservative lower bound fracture toughness estimates to be determined also for inhomogeneous material. Such estimates, however, only describe the fracture toughness of the more brittle constituent. The deficiency of SINTAP, in this respect, lies in its inability to provide any information from the more ductile material. Therefore, a probabilistic description of the complete material is not possible. This paper introduces a new extension of the MC analysis for inhomogeneous material: a bimodal MC analysis method that describes the fracture toughness distribution as the combination of two separate MC distributions. This bimodal distribution model is shown to describe successfully the weld heataffected zone (HAZ) fracture toughness data sets that generally exhibit substantial microstructural inhomogeneity. This is especially the case with multipass weldments containing local brittle zones (LBZ).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication11th International Conference on Fracture 2005, ICF 11
    PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
    ISBN (Print)978-1-61782-063-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event11th International Conference on Fracture, IFC11 - Turin, Italy
    Duration: 20 Mar 200525 Mar 2005
    Conference number: 11


    Conference11th International Conference on Fracture, IFC11
    Abbreviated titleIFC11


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