The problem of brittle fracture in structural steel has been vigorously attacked by powerful research efforts in many countries, but remains in some respects intractable. The main difficulty seems to lie in defining the problem itself, and in isolating the essential features. The investigations have been characterised by conflicts of ideas on these essentials, and on their interpretation, possibly because the problem has brought together into one forum, as it were, several branches of scientific and technical endeavour which in the past have functioned, to a large extent, independently. This has led to misunderstandings due to differences in terminology and other difficulties due to conflicts of interest. In such circumstances it is often desirable to re-examine fundamentals, and the present notes are an attempt to do this. Such re-examinations often entail the repetition of "obvious" facts, and while this may appear tedious, it is essential to the process. The report reviews kinds and modes of fracture, initiation of unstable fracturing, selection of tests and empirical measures.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Lloyd's Register of Shipping

    71 Fenchurch Street
    London EC3M 4BS,   England 

    Ship Structure Committee

    National Academy of Science, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20418
  • Authors:
    • Boyd, G M
  • Publication Date: 1959-7-31

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 20 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00331913
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Ship Structure Committee
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SSC-125
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM