Predicting lower bound damage curves for high-strength low-alloy steels

S. Münstermann*, C. Schruff, J. Lian, B. Döbereiner, V. Brinnel, B. Wu

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Hindered by the distinctive toughness requirements of the current European standards, the high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steels are rarely applied to the pressure vessels industry. The reason is that the design rules specified by the standards define local plastic deformation as limit state. This results in an over-conservative application of materials. To achieve an effective, economical and energy-efficient use of HSLA steels, a strain-based criterion, the damage curve, which considers crack initiation instead of the beginning of plastic deformation as limit state, is proposed in this study for the improved design rules. In the view of the interaction of microstructure and mechanical properties of materials, the new design rule is derived on the basis of the correlation of microstructural features of HSLA steels with the micromechanical damage models. The experimental verification of the result is furthermore investigated with sufficient agreement so that the general applicability of the procedure can be expected. However, further studies for a reliable parameter calibration are necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779-794
Number of pages16
JournalFatigue and Fracture of Engineering Materials and Structures
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Charpy impact toughness
  • damage curve
  • ductile crack initiation
  • GTN model
  • strain-based design

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