Engineering components, particularly those containing weldments, may contain small crack-like defects that experience combinations of primary and secondary stresses during service. A new function, g(), has been introduced previously to quantify the influence of plasticity interaction under combined primary and secondary loading on a components crack driving force. This paper compares g() with experiments performed to consider g() over a range of plasticity values. This experimental programme was performed on scalloped notch three point bend specimens that had experienced a pre-compression to induce a residual stress field before being tested to failure over a range of temperatures (−150, −90 and −50 °C). Samples which did not undergo a pre-compression were also tested to provide an estimate of the materials fracture toughness at the temperature in question. Through analysing the experimental results it is clear that further material characterisation is required. This paper, therefore, only presents the initial results at this stage. However, as a pessimistic interpretation of the results has been made, and since both the existing R6 and the g() plasticity interaction parameters are acceptable, the experiments provide useful validation to both methods.

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