The effect of material ductility on notch fracture resistance: Numerical study

Eui Kyun Park, Gyo Geun Youn, Yun Jae Kim, Robert A. Ainsworth

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In this work, the effect of material ductility on the notch fracture resistance is quantified using FE damage analysis based on a multi-axial fracture strain model. Material properties of SUS316 stainless steel with three different levels of cold work (5%, 20% and 40%) are used to represent materials with different strength and ductility. Using validated FE damage analysis, notch fracture resistance data for these three materials with three different notch radii (0.2 mm, 0.4 mm and 0.8 mm) are generated numerically. Examination of notch fracture resistance data suggests that fracture initiation resistance (corresponding to 0.2 mm crack growth) depends almost linearly on notch radius. A linear dependence of the normalized fracture resistance of a notched specimen (with respect to that of a cracked one) on the material ductility is also found. The results are useful to estimate notch fracture resistance from the material ductility and the J-resistance curve obtained from a cracked specimen.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102874
JournalTheoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Apr

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) ( NRF-2019M2D2A2048296 , NRF-2018M2A8A4084016 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Elsevier Ltd


  • Ductility
  • Finite element damage analysis
  • Multi-axial fracture strain model
  • Notch fracture resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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