Limit loads and fracture mechanics parameters for thick-walled pipes

Nak Hyun Kim, Chang Sik Oh, Yun Jae Kim, Jong Sung Kim, Dong Wook Jerng, Peter J. Budden

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In this paper, information on plastic limit loads and both elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics parameters is given for cracked thick-walled pipes with mean radius-to-thickness ratios ranging from two to five. It is found that existing limit load expressions for thin-walled pipes can be applied to thick-walled pipes, provided that they are normalized with respect to the corresponding un-cracked thick-walled pipe values. For elastic fracture mechanics parameters, FE values of the influence functions for the stress intensity factor and the crack opening displacement are tabulated. For elastic-plastic J, it is shown that existing reference stress based J estimates can be applied, provided that a proper limit load for thick-walled pipes is used.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-414
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Nuclear Research & Development of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Republic of Korea . (No. 2010T100100780 )

Copyright 2011 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Crack opening displacement
  • J-integral estimates
  • Limit load
  • Stress intensity factor
  • Thick-walled pipe

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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