On the use of the crack tip opening angle parameter to explain the ductile crack growth behavior of miniature compact specimens

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Experimental crack resistance curves obtained from miniature compact tension, MC(T), specimens were found to be significantly less tough than those obtained on standard one inch 1T-C(T) specimens. In order to investigate the fundamental reasons behind this unexpected result, local approaches to fracture based on the Rice and Tracey void growth model and the crack tip opening angle (CTOA) concept are used. Local crack growth criteria are identified on test results obtained from 1T-C(T) and are used to predict the MC(T) behavior. Results demonstrate that the CTOA parameter is very effective as it allows transferring results from MC(T) to larger specimens, it is easy to implement in a finite element code, it is mesh size insensitive and can be actually measured although its experimental determination is not straightforward. The b parameter derived from the Rice and Tracey void growth model is unable to explain the experimental results. The possible reasons for the poor performance of the b parameter are discussed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3599-3610
JournalEngineering Fracture Mechanics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - May 2007


  • Ductile crack growth, MC(T), RPV steel, CTOA

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