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Micromechanical Coupled Study of Crack Growth Initiation Criterion in Pressure Vessel Steel

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We present results of the combined design-theoretical investigation of the mechanism of crack growth at the onset of ductile fracture of NPP reactor pressure vessels. Micromechanical approach to the prediction of ductile fracture has been applied, according to which the volume fraction of voids in the deformed material is determined by the finite-element method. On the basis of CT-specimen tests and known damage parameters, determined for smooth spherical specimens, we propose a micromechanical criterion of crack growth initiation for ductile fracture.

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Rakin, M., Sedmak, A., Cvijovic, Z. et al. Micromechanical Coupled Study of Crack Growth Initiation Criterion in Pressure Vessel Steel. Strength of Materials 36, 33–36 (2004).

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  • coupled micromechanical modeling
  • void volume fraction
  • finite element calculations
  • crack-growth initiation criterion