A constraint loss correction procedure using the Weibull stress criterion is specified in ISO 27306. However, this standard is applicable only to structural steel components with defects, not to welded joints. Therefore, we propose a method for estimating the brittle fracture limit of a weld with a notch in the heat-affected zone (HAZ) and residual stress based on the Weibull stress criterion. Three-point bending (3PB) tests and wide-plate (WP) tension tests of HAZ-notched welds made of 780-MPa class high-strength steel were conducted at −40 °C. The minimum critical crack tip opening displacement (CTOD) of the WP specimen fracturing at the coarse-grained region of the HAZ (CGHAZ) was approximately four times that of the 3PB specimen. Then, the effects of specimen geometry, residual stress, crack-front shape, and HAZ microstructure classification on the Weibull stress were investigated by using a finite element analysis (FEA). The results of these analyses showed that the specimen geometry, the welding residual stress, and HAZ microstructure affect the Weibull stress of HAZ-notched welds as crack driving force. Based on above results, the CTOD–Weibull stress curves for 3PB and WP specimens fracturing at CGHAZ were calculated by using an FEA. It was confirmed that the brittle fracture limit of an HAZ-notched weld with residual stress could be predicted from the Weibull stress criterion because predicted critical CTOD of WP specimens obtained by Weibull stress included experimental critical CTOD of WP specimens.
Application of Weibull Stress Criterion to Brittle Fracture Assessment of Heat-Affected Zone-Notched Welds With Residual Stress
Contributed by the Pressure Vessel and Piping Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSEL TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received April 8, 2015; final manuscript received September 15, 2015; published online October 15, 2015. Assoc. Editor: Haofeng Chen.
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Seko, Y., Imai, Y., Mitsuya, M., Oguchi, N., and Minami, F. (October 15, 2015). "Application of Weibull Stress Criterion to Brittle Fracture Assessment of Heat-Affected Zone-Notched Welds With Residual Stress." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. April 2016; 138(2): 021404. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4031662
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