Single edge cracked under tension (SENT) specimens appear as an alternative to conventional fracture specimens to characterize fracture toughness of circumferentially cracked pipes. The similarities of stress and strains fields between SENT specimens and cracked pipes are now well known. However, these similarities are not so well established for the case of circumferentially cracked pipes under combined loading conditions (i.e. internal pressure plus tension, internal pressure plus bending, etc.). This work presents a numerical analysis of crack-tip constraint of circumferentially surface cracked pipes and SENT specimens using full 3D nonlinear computations. The objective is to examine combined loading effects on the correlation of fracture behavior for the analyzed crack configurations. The constraint study using the J-Q methodology and the h parameter gives information about the fracture specimen that best represents the crack-tip conditions on circumferentially flawed pipes under combined loads.

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