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Fracture toughness determination for aluminium alloy 2011-T6 using tensile notched round bar (NRB) test pieces

Journal Article


Abstract


  • While the use of notched round bar (NRB) test pieces to determine planestrain fracture toughness K Ic is not novel, relatively few authors have so far attempted this. This letter serves to report a series of such tests conducted on Al 2011-T6, a high mechanical strength, free-machining aluminium alloy. A total of 9 specimens was used, comprising 3 specimens each of 3 different notch root radii, ρ. No fatigue precracking was carried out. A graph of apparent fracture toughness K ρ versus ρ / D was extrapolated to zero, corresponding to a fatigue pre-cracked configuration. The resulting K Ic for this alloy tested using the NRB specimens was thus found to be 27.9 MPa√m. This is a valid K Ic value, as there is only a 6.8% difference between it and the median value (26.0 MPa√m) determined previously from 67 tests using the existing ASTM E399 standard. A new geometric correlation based on ρ, D and d is proposed to linearly extrapolate K ρ values, measured on NRB specimens with arbitrary geometries (but assuming plane-strain conditions hold), back to a single value of K Ic. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Vanian, G. G., Hellier, A. K., Zarrabi, K., & Prusty, B. G. (2013). Fracture toughness determination for aluminium alloy 2011-T6 using tensile notched round bar (NRB) test pieces. International Journal of Fracture, 181(1), 147-154. doi:10.1007/s10704-013-9827-2

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84876292828

Start Page


  • 147

End Page


  • 154

Volume


  • 181

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • While the use of notched round bar (NRB) test pieces to determine planestrain fracture toughness K Ic is not novel, relatively few authors have so far attempted this. This letter serves to report a series of such tests conducted on Al 2011-T6, a high mechanical strength, free-machining aluminium alloy. A total of 9 specimens was used, comprising 3 specimens each of 3 different notch root radii, ρ. No fatigue precracking was carried out. A graph of apparent fracture toughness K ρ versus ρ / D was extrapolated to zero, corresponding to a fatigue pre-cracked configuration. The resulting K Ic for this alloy tested using the NRB specimens was thus found to be 27.9 MPa√m. This is a valid K Ic value, as there is only a 6.8% difference between it and the median value (26.0 MPa√m) determined previously from 67 tests using the existing ASTM E399 standard. A new geometric correlation based on ρ, D and d is proposed to linearly extrapolate K ρ values, measured on NRB specimens with arbitrary geometries (but assuming plane-strain conditions hold), back to a single value of K Ic. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Vanian, G. G., Hellier, A. K., Zarrabi, K., & Prusty, B. G. (2013). Fracture toughness determination for aluminium alloy 2011-T6 using tensile notched round bar (NRB) test pieces. International Journal of Fracture, 181(1), 147-154. doi:10.1007/s10704-013-9827-2

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84876292828

Start Page


  • 147

End Page


  • 154

Volume


  • 181

Issue


  • 1