ANALYTICAL SOLUTION OF CMOD COMPLIANCE FOR SINGLE EDGE NOTCHED TENSION SPECIMENS IN END-CLAMPED CONDITIONS
Xian-Kui ZhuGrand Ballroom C
The oil and gas industry favors to use less conservative fracture toughness measured from a single edge notched tension (SENT) specimen in the end-clamped conditions in terms of J-integral or crack-tip opening displacement (CTOD) or their resistance curves, where the elastic unloading compliance technique is usually utilized to monitor the incremental crack growth during the single specimen test. Several numerical solutions of crack mouth opening displacement (CMOD) compliance obtained from the finite element analysis (FEA) are available for the end-clamped SENT specimens. However, they have different accuracies and different applicable ranges of crack length ratio a/W, and they may be inconsistent with the existing solutions of their stress intensity factor (K) solutions for the same end-clamped SENT specimen because both the compliance and the K factor were determined separately by FEA. Based on a full-range analytical K solution, this work develops a more accurate, analytical solution of CMOD compliance equation for the end-clamped SENT specimens. Comparisons with various existing FEA results confirm the higher accuracy of the proposed analytical compliance solution. As a result, the proposed CMOD compliance solution can be used to determine more accurate crack length for the SENT testing.