Size Effect in Brittle Fracture of Notched E-Steel Plates in Tension

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J. H. Ludley

The United Steel Cos., Sheffield, England

D. C. Drucker

Division of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, R. I.

J. Appl. Mech 28(1), 137-139 (Mar 01, 1961) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3640427 History: Received June 14, 1960; Online September 16, 2011


Much of our experimental program [1–5] on the initiation of brittle fracture in ordinary structural steel plates has been based strongly on the assumption that a Griffith type of theory is not applicable. Direct experimental evidence is presented here to support that preconceived notion.

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