Welded structures such as armor fighting vehicles, shipboard structures or munitions systems are required to sustain intense and rapidly applied dynamic loading due to gun firings, impact of enemy munitions and extreme loading from accident scenarios. Flaws are normally found in various extents in welds depending on quality control of the welding process. It is important to determine critical flaw sizes of three-dimensional cracks in a welded joint under dynamic loading introduced by the above scenarios. Calculation of dynamic fracture parameters of the three-dimensional cracks of various geometrical factors at different locations is important for use the crack growth evaluation, flacture and structural integrity assessment. This paper summarizes the methodologies and results of the dynamic fracture parameter calculations for stationary three-dimensional cracks in cracked structures subjected to both static and dynamic loads.

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