Influence of weld volumetric flaws on fracture toughness tests

Quasi-static fracture and damage mechanics - Vitor Adriano

Metal components and structures are often joined by arc welding. The fracture toughness of welds is of utmost importance and is based on small-scale testing. Established fracture toughness test standards do not mention validity criteria with respect to the potential presence of volumetric imperfections such as pores. This research experimentally and numerically investigates the influence of such imperfections on the interpretation and validity of toughness tests performed on weld metals.

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