2014 Volume 54 Issue 8 Pages 1958-1964
The ductile fracture toughness of ferritic steel was assessed in terms of crack tip opening displacement (CTOD). The CTOD is composed of two parts: elastic and plastic. In the ductile fracture region, as compared to the elastic part, the fraction of the plastic part is dominant. The CTOD linearly increases with an increase in ferrite grain size, but grain coarsening simultaneously increases the possibility of cleavage fracture. As yield strength increases, the CTOD decreases due to the decreased plastic deformation ability.