Application of Advanced Master Curve Approaches to the EURO Fracture Toughness Data Set

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The so-called EURO data set is the largest set ever assembled, consisting of fracture toughness results obtained in the ductile-to-brittle transition region. It was the outcome of a large EU sponsored project which involved ten European laboratories in the second half of the 90's. Several post-project investigations have identified one of the blocks from which specimens were extracted (block SX9) as macroscopically inhomogeneous and significantly tougher than the remaining blocks. In this study, the variability of block SX9 has been investigated using the conventional Master Curve (MC) methodology and some recent MC extensions, namely the SINTAP lower tail, the single point estimation, the bi-modal Master Curve and the multi-modal Master Curve. The basic MC method is intended for macroscopically homogeneous ferritic steels only, and the alternative approaches have been developed for the investigation of inhomogeneous materials. Therefore, these methods can be used to study the behaviour of block SX9 within the EURO data set. It has been found that the bi-modal and multi-modal MC approaches are quite effective in detecting the "anomaly" represented by block SX9, but only when analyses are performed on data sets of comparable size.


Original languageEnglish
PublisherSCK CEN
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2007

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NameSCK•CEN Reports
PublisherStudiecentrum voor Kernenergie


  • EURO data set, ductile-to-brittle transition region, macroscopic inhomogeneity, Master Curve extensions, SINTAP lower tail, single point estimation, bi-modal Master Curve, multi-modal Master Curve

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