The basic approaches in defect assessment procedures such as R6 consider the stresses on the section containing the flaw. Such approaches can be overly conservative and lead to unacceptably small estimates of limiting defect sizes for cases where the applied loads are due to displacements or strains well in excess of yield, when significant plastic relaxation of stress occurs. The potential for over-conservative assessments has led to a renewed interest in recent years in strain-based assessment methods, in both the power and pipeline industries. Significant levels of plastic strain can be imposed across the flawed section in some cases. Recently, the present author has published a general approach to strain-based fracture that uses a strain-based failure assessment diagram (SB-FAD). This includes a range of Options similar to that of the basic R6 approach. The present paper describes some validation of the SB-FAD approach based on elastic-plastic cracked-body finite element data for plates and cylinders.

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