ASTM E1681-03 Standard Test Method for Determining Threshold Stress Intensity Factor for Environment-Assisted Cracking of Metallic Materials

ASTM E1681-03 Standard Test Method for Determining Threshold Stress Intensity Factor for Environment-Assisted Cracking of Metallic Materials

ASTM E1681-03 Test Method determines the threshold stress intensity factor for environment-assisted cracking of metallic materials. A KEAC or KIEAC value represents a characteristic measurement of environment-assisted cracking resistance in a pre-cracked specimen exposed to an environment under sustained tensile loading. Test results are affected by force relaxation in constant displacement bolt-loaded compact specimens for some material/environment conditions.

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    ASTM E1681-03 test method covers the determination of the environment-assisted cracking threshold stress intensity factor parameters, KIEAC and KEAC, for metallic materials. Materials tested by ASTM E1681-03 test method are not limited by thickness or by strength as long as specimens are of sufficient thickness and planar size to meet the size requirements of this test method.

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    The parameters KEAC or KIEAC determined by ASTM E1681-03 test method characterize the resistance to crack growth of a material with a sharp crack in specific environments under loading conditions in which the crack-tip plastic region is small compared with the crack depth and the uncracked ligament. A measured KEAC or KIEAC value for a particular combination of material and environment may represent an acceptably low rate of crack growth rather than an absolute upper limit for crack stability.

    Specimen size:

    A range of specimen sizes with proportional planar dimensions, adjusted for yield strength and applied force may be used in  the ASTM E1681-03 test method. Specimen thickness is a variable independent of planar size. 


    A change in the zero-force value of crack-mouth-opening displacement as a result of pre crack growth is another indication that residual stresses will affect the subsequent environment-assisted crack growth.


    ASTM E1681-03 provides details about the test method for measurement of the Threshold Stress Intensity Factor for Environment-Assisted Cracking of Metallic Materials.


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