International Journal of Fracture

, Volume 194, Issue 2, pp 197–203 | Cite as

Comparison of crack-arrest fracture toughness between low and high heat-input thick weld specimens

  • Gyu Baek An
  • Wanchuck WooEmail author
  • Jeong Ung Park
  • Vyacheslav Em
Brief Note


Brittle crack-arrest fracture toughness \((\hbox {K}_{\mathrm{Ia}})\) was determined in low (1.5 kJ/mm) and high (53 kJ/mm) heat-input weld specimens with a large scale (\(1\times 1\) m) and thickness (50 and 80 mm). An instant impact having energy of 2.7 kJ was imposed into the full-thickness notch tip at low temperature and initiates crack propagation toward a higher temperature region where the crack stopped due to the improved fracture toughness. The relationship between the toughness and crack-arrest temperature provides the \(\hbox {K}_{\mathrm{Ia}}\) at \({-}10\,^{\circ }\hbox {C}\) of about 2700 and \(2200\,\hbox {N/mm}^{3/2}\) in the low and high heat-input weld specimens, respectively. This discrepancy was correlated to the grain size and Charpy impact energy of the notch region caused by the amounts of heat inputs in each weld specimen.


Brittle fracture Crack arrest Fracture toughness Thick steel Welds 



This research activity was supported by POSCO Project No. 20126193. The authors would like to thank D. Smith, M. Hill, M. H. Kang, and J. W. Lee for their help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gyu Baek An
    • 1
  • Wanchuck Woo
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jeong Ung Park
    • 3
  • Vyacheslav Em
    • 4
  1. 1.Technical Research LaboratoriesPOSCOPohangSouth Korea
  2. 2.Neutron Science DivisionKorea Atomic Energy Research InstituteDaejeonSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of civil EngineeringChosun UniversityGwanguSouth Korea
  4. 4.Neutron Research DepartmentNRC Kurchatov InstituteMoscowRussia

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