Characterization and numerical simulation of ductile crack initiation and propagation in ct specimens of different sizes machined from a 316l thick plate

Measuring fracture toughness for ductile materials requires the specimen size to be large enough for the tests to be valid. The higher the toughness is, the larger the specimen must be. This paper uses experimental and numerical approaches to study the fracture behavior of as-received and aged 316L(N) steel and the effect of the size and thickness of the specimens on the evaluated toughness.