Numerically predicted J-integral as a measure of crack driving force for steels 1.7147 and 1.4762
Goran Vukelic 1  
,   Josip Brnic 2
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University of Rijeka, Faculty of Maritime Studies Rijeka
University of Rijeka, Faculty of Engineering, Rijeka
Publication date: 2017-04-15
Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics 2017;55(2):659–666
Fracture behavior of two types of steel (1.4762 and 1.7147) is compared based on their numerically obtained J-integral values. The J-integral are chosen to quantify the crack driving force using the finite element (FE) stress analysis applied to single-edge notched bend (SENB) and compact tensile (CT) type fracture specimens. The resulting J-values are plotted for growing crack length (a – crack length extension) at different a/W ratios (a/W – relative crack length; 0.25, 0.5, 0.75). Slightly higher resulting values of the J-integral for 1.4762 than 1.7147 can be noticed. Also, higher a/W ratios correspond to lower J-integral values of the materials and vice versa. J-integral values obtained by using the FE model of the CT specimen give somewhat conservative results when compared with those obtained by the FE model of the SENB specimen.