Interactive Resource icon  Plane Strain Fracture Toughness Test

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Description: Fracture toughness is a critical mechanical property for certain applications. Two types of test are most widely used to measure fracture toughness in aluminium alloys. This animations demonstartes determination of plane strain fracture toughness, KIc. This method provides a quantitative measure of fracture toughness in terms of the critical plane strain stress intensity factor.
Keywords: fracture toughness • test • critical plane strain
Categories: Science approaches > Deformation & failure > Fracture
Materials > Metals & alloys > Aluminium & alloys
Properties > Mechanical & thermal
Properties > Mechanical & thermal > Fracture toughness
Testing, analysis & experimentation > Mechanical testing
Created by: Hugh Shercliff, University of Cambridge
Joseph Robson, Manchester Materials Science Centre
MATTER, The University of Liverpool
Contributions: John Humphreys, Manchester Materials Science Centre
Christian Leppin, Alcan Fabrication Europe
Published by: European Aluminium Association, Brussels
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Date created: 11 January 2005
Date added: 09 June 2010
Resource ID: 2833