The master curve method enables characterisation of the brittle fracture toughness based on a few relatively small specimens. Presently the general view is that pre-cracked Charpy-V specimens constitute, effectively, the smallest specimens that can be used with the master curve. However, even though the method includes a specific measuring capacity limit for the specimen, it does not specify a minimum specimen size to be used. In this work, the applicability of miniature specimens, smaller than the normal Charpy size bend specimen, are investigated by comparing the test results of miniature and normal Charpy size specimens. Furthermore, the possible differences in estimates from CT- and 3PB-specimen tests are examined.
- brittle fracture
- master curve
- miniature specimens
Wallin, K., Planman, T., Valo, M., & Rintamaa, R. (2001). Applicability of miniature size bend specimens to determine the master curve reference temperature T0. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 68(11), 1265-1296. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0013-7944(01)00020-0