This study evaluates the influence of volumetric discontinuities on the SENT tearing resistance curve as measured using DCPD and UC techniques. In order to do that, a series of SENT tests was carried out on specimens containing small drilled holes in different locations to simulate the presence of volumetric weld flaws. In addition, porous welds were produced by robotic Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW). Welding parameters were fine-tuned in order to obtain specimens with different porosity levels. Afterward, the pores were characterized by means of X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) scans and their position, shape and location were determined. SENT tests were performed in a servo-hydraulic machine using a double clip gauge set up to measure crack opening and DCPD and UC for crack sizing. The results indicated that volumetric discontinuities can influence the accuracy of crack measurement techniques in particular, and the measured resistance curve as a whole.

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