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Enhanced fracture assessment under biaxial external loads using small scale cruciform bending specimens

: Hohe, J.; Luckow, S.; Hardenacke, V.; Sguaizer, Y.; Siegele, D.

Preprint urn:nbn:de:0011-n-1725335 (2.7 MByte PDF)
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Erstellt am: 16.10.2012

Engineering fracture mechanics 78 (2011), Nr.9, S.1876-1894
ISSN: 0013-7944
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Elektronische Publikation
Fraunhofer IWM ()

The present study is concerned with an enhanced fracture mechanics characterization of engineering materials using small scale cruciform bending specimens. Based on the regular SE(B) specimen geometry with a shallow crack, two additional loading legs allow the application of an additional stress component acting longitudinally to the crack front. Compared to standard specimen types, the biaxial loading conditions for the cruciform specimens are in general closer to the situation in pressurized vessels and pipes, especially under thermal shock loading conditions. In a combined experimental and numerical approach, detailed assessments of the local stress and strain fields in comparison to the crack front stress and strain states of standard specimens with deep and shallow cracks are provided. The cruciform bending specimen geometry is demonstrated to be suitable even in small scale dimensions. It permits the application of different combined external loading situations an d thus a fracture assessment under conditions close to various situations in engineering application. Due to its small size, the specimen geometry can be employed even if only a limited amount of material is available.