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Application of the european SINTAP procedure to the failure analysis of a broken forklift
Nenad Gubeljak, Uwe Zerbst, Jožef Predan, Maks Oblak, 2004, original scientific article

Abstract: The recently developed European flaw assessment procedure SINTAP was applied to the failure analysis of a broken fork of a forklift. Based on the service load at failure, critical crack sizes were determined at different analysis levels of the procedure. It was shown in the present case study that the failure was caused by defective design.
Keywords: structural integrity, mechanics of structures, forklift, fracture mechanics, critical crack size, failure analysis, SINTAP procedure, load bearing capacity
Published: 01.06.2012; Views: 1385; Downloads: 75
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The re-characterisation of complex defects
Boštjan Bezenšek, John. W. Hancock, 2004, original scientific article

Abstract: The re-characterisation of complex defects with re-entrant sectors has been addressed for cracks extending by fatigue, ductile tearing and cleavage. In Part I crack extension by fatigue and ductile tearing was discussed. In Part II cleavage data are presented for a family of complex defects with re-entrantsectors. Experimental tests on complex and re-characterised profilesare analysed using deterministic and probabilistic approaches. The work addresses the conservatism of re-characterisation procedures when appliedto cleavage failure on the lower shelf and in the ductile-brittle transition.
Keywords: fracture mechanics, structural elements, complex defects, recharacterisation, line-spring analysis, cleavage failure, constraint, statistical fracture mechanics, numerical analysis
Published: 01.06.2012; Views: 902; Downloads: 82
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The re-characterisation of complex defects
Boštjan Bezenšek, John. W. Hancock, 2004, original scientific article

Abstract: Defect assessment codes idealise complex defects as simple shapes which are amenable to analysis in a process known as re-characterisation. The present work examines the re-characterisation of complex defects which extend by fatigue, ductile tearing or cleavage. A family of representative defects were analysed numerically, while a related experimental programme investigated defect interaction and failure. Part I of the paper focuses on fatigue and ductile tearing. Part II examines cleavage. The numerical and experimental results are discussed within the context of the re-characterisation proceduresdescribed in BS 7910 (Guidance on methods for assessing the acceptability of flaws in metallic structures. London, UK: British Standard Institution; 1999 [Chapter 7] and R6/4 (Assessment of the integrity of structures containing defects. Gloucester: British Energy Generation Ltd.; 2001 [Revision 4, Chapters I and II.3]). The level of conservatism of the re-characterisation prpcedures for fatigue and ductile tearing are discussed. A possible non-conservatism of the re-characterisation for cleavage is discussed in Part II, within the framework of constraint based statistical fracture mechanics.
Keywords: fracture mechanics, structural elements, complex defects, recharacterisation, line-spring analysis, fatigue, ductile tearing, cracks, numerical analysis
Published: 01.06.2012; Views: 985; Downloads: 79
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