The influence of stress triaxiality was a matter of concern on ductile fracture to explain geometry dependent fracture resistance characteristics of specimens and real structures during past two decades. Regarding the issue, recently, interests for local approach and micro-mechanical damage models are increased again in accordance with progress of computational environments. In this paper, the applicability of a local approach is investigated through a series of finite element (FE) analyses incorporating both a modified GTN model and a Rousselier model as well as fracture toughness tests. The ductile crack growth behaviour of SA515 Gr.60 carbon steel is assessed to guarantee transferability of fracture resistance curve from typical specimens with different in-plane and out-of-plane sizes. The material parameters are determined by calibration of test results and corresponding numerical analyses results, and used to simulate the fracture behaviour of CT specimens. Then, a comparison is drawn between the numerically estimated crack resistance curves and experimentally determined ones. Finally, the Rousselier model is applied to estimate J-R curves of circumferential through-wall cracked pipe. The comparison results showed that the two damage models can be used as promising solutions for ductile crack growth simulation.

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