The master curve approach was utilized to compare fracture toughness of American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) A285 as developed from Charpy v-notch (CVN) data and predictive statistical models. The master curves for each of the data sets were developed in accordance with American Society for Testing Materials Specification E 1921 (ASTM E1921, “Standard Test Method for Determination of Reference Temperature, T0, for Ferritic Steels in the Transition Range”), as prescribed by American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 579 (API-579, “Fitness for Service”). The results indicate that predictive statistical models developed from compact tension test results express a lower fracture toughness distribution when compared to CVN data.

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