Laboratory testing of fracture specimens to measure resistance curves (Ja) have focused primarily on the unloading compliance method using a single specimen. Current estimation procedures (which form the basis of ASTM 1820 standard) employ load line displacement (LLD) records to measure fracture toughness resistance data incorporating a crack growth correction for J. An alternative method which potentially simplifies the test procedure involves the use of crack mouth opening displacement (CMOD) to determine both crack growth and J. This study provides further developments of the evaluation procedure for J in cracked bodies that experience ductile crack growth based upon the eta-method and CMOD data. The methodology broadens the applicability of current standards adopting the unloading compliance technique in laboratory measurements of fracture toughness resistance data (J resistance curves). The developed J evaluation formulation for growing cracks based on CMOD data provides a viable and yet simpler test technique to measure crack growth resistance data for ductile materials.

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