The cohesive zone parameters (separation energy and cohesive strength) and the crack tip triaxialities are compared between a compact tension (CT) and a double edge notched tension (DENT) specimen with smooth side-surfaces. The material is a pressure vessel steel 20MnMoNi55. The cohesive zone parameters are determined by fitting the simulated crack extensions near the midsection to the experimental data. The purpose of the study is to understand the relationship between the cohesive zone parameters and the crack tip stress triaxiality. The results show that for the same cohesive zone parameters the crack tip triaxiality near the midsection is lower in DENT specimens than in CT specimens. When the separation energy is set constant for CT and DENT specimens, the cohesive strength for the DENT specimens should be significantly lower than that for the CT specimens in order to make the simulated crack extensions near the midsection fit to the experimental data. Near the midsection, the cohesive strength and crack tip triaxiality influence each other: the specimen with a higher stress triaxiality has a higher cohesive strength; an increase of cohesive strength results in an increase of the crack tip triaxiality.
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Chen, C.R., Kolednik, O. Comparison of cohesive zone parameters and crack tip stress states between two different specimen types. Int J Fract 132, 135–152 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10704-005-0626-2