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Title: A load-deformation formulation with fracture representation based on the J-R curve for tubular joints
Authors: Qian, X. 
Zhang, Y.
Choo, Y.S. 
Keywords: Circular hollow section (CHS)
Ductile fracture
J-R curve
Pushover analysis
Tubular joint
Issue Date: 2013
Citation: Qian, X., Zhang, Y., Choo, Y.S. (2013). A load-deformation formulation with fracture representation based on the J-R curve for tubular joints. Engineering Failure Analysis 33 : 347-366. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study presents a new fracture formulation to describe the ductile tearing and unstable fracture failure for circular hollow section (CHS) joints under monotonically increasing brace tension. The initiation of the ductile tearing occurs when the crack driving force in an assumed initial shallow crack reaches the material fracture toughness determined from a standard fracture toughness test. The joint behavior prior to the ductile crack initiation follows a previously proposed nonlinear formulation based on the latest strength equations recommended by the International Institute of Welding. The load-deformation characteristics beyond the crack initiation assume that the energy release rate and the amount of crack extension adhere to the experimentally measured J-. R curve, prior to the unstable fracture failure. Unstable fracture, which leads to the total loss of the joint capacity, occurs when the crack driving force reaches the maximum fracture resistance determined from the J-. R curve test. The proposed load-deformation representation for tubular joints, when implemented in the large-scale K-frame pushover analysis with a material fracture toughness test, predicts successfully the global frame response governed by the joint fracture failure, as observed in the frame test. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Engineering Failure Analysis
ISSN: 13506307
DOI: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2013.06.004
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