The Design and Application of Shear Fracture Propagation Studies

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W. A. Poynton, R. W. E. Shannon, G. D. Fearnehough

British Gas Corp., Engineering Research Station, Newcastle Upon Tyne, U. K.

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 96(4), 323-329 (Oct 01, 1974) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3443248 History: Received February 15, 1974; Online August 17, 2010


Shear fracture propagation is studied using an analysis based upon the thermodynamic equilibrium of a constant velocity fracture. This equation is shown to describe the behavior of all full scale tests which exhibit constant velocity propagation. This equation is developed to identify the conditions for fracture arrest; the resulting formulation is again consistent with full scale test behavior. The paper also discusses the application of the theory to existing and new pipelines.

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