The shape of a strain-based failure assessment diagram

P. J. Budden, R. A. Ainsworth

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    There have been a number of recent developments of strain-based fracture assessment approaches, including proposals by Budden [Engng Frac Mech 2006;73:537-52] for a strain-based failure assessment diagram (FAD) related to the conventional stress-based FAD. However, recent comparisons with finite element (FE) data have shown that this proposed strain-based FAD can be non-conservative in some cases, particularly for deeper cracks and materials with little strain-hardening capacity. Therefore, this paper re-examines the shape of the strain-based FAD, guided by these FE analyses and some theoretical analysis. On this basis, modified proposals for the shape of the strain-based FAD are given, including simplified and more detailed options in line with the options available for stress-based FADs in existing fitness-for-service procedures. The proposals are then illustrated by a worked example and by comparison with FE data, which demonstrate that the new proposals are generally conservative. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-66
    Number of pages7
    JournalInternational Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


    • Defects
    • Failure assessment diagram
    • Fracture
    • Strain-based


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