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The purpose of the project was to provide a modern fracture control methodology for welded steel ships that will be applicable to both new vessel construction and the extension of service life of existing vessels. After surveying the current state of knowledge in this field, an assessment was made of material properties in terms of fracture initiation, propagation and arrest. This was followed by a programme of large scale testing including wide plate testing and Finite Element Modelling of the test for fracture behaviour and double tension tests for crack arrest. The initiation and crack arrest procedures examined provide a viable fracture control methodology which should enable the safety of welded ships to be increased.

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Authors: BEDATON F, Det Danske Stalvalsevaerk A/S, Frederiksvaerk (DK);GRIESEN Z, Det Danske Stalvalsevaerk A/S, Frederiksvaerk (DK);AZPIAZU W, Labein, Bilbao (ES);AUSEJO I, Labein, Bilbao (ES);LANGENBERG P, RWTH, Aachen (DE);MANNESFELD A, RWTH, Aachen (DE);PRIEST A H, Corus UK Ltd, Rotherham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20048 EN (2001), pp.158. Euro: 23.50
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ISBN: ISBN:92-894-2018-9
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