Analysis of notch effect in load bearing capacity, apparent fracture toughness and fracture micromechanisms of ferritic–pearlitic steels
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AuthorCicero González, Sergio; García Pemán, Tiberio; Madrazo Acebes, Virginia; Carrascal Vaquero, Isidro Alfonso; Ruiz Martínez, Estela
This paper presents the analysis of the notch effect in two ferritc–pearlitic steels: S275JR and S355J2. The research is based on the development and analysis of an experimental programme composed of 336 CT specimens, combining 6 different notch radii, and testing temperatures from the lower shelf up to the upper shelf of the two materials. The notch effect is analysed through the evolution of both the load bearing capacity and the apparent fracture toughness, and also through the relation between these two variables and the
The results reveal a clear notch effect in both materials. In the case of the load bearing capacity, this notch effect has its maximum at lower shelf temperatures. The notch effect in the apparent fracture presents a maximum at the lower temperatures of the ductileto-brittle transition zone. Finally, the Scanning Electron Microscopy fractographies have justified the previous observations.