This paper proposes a methodology for the structural integrity assessment of notched components. It combines failure assessment diagrams and a notch analysis approach based on the application of the Master Curve methodology for the prediction of the apparent fracture toughness of ferritic-pearlitic steels in notched conditions. This approach considers a new parameter named the notch reference temperature (T0N), which is different from the reference temperature (T0) obtained in cracked specimens and varies with the notch radius. With this purpose, the methodology has been applied to a set of fracture tests on steel S275JR, with notch radii ranging from 0 mm (crack-type defects) up to 2.0 mm and testing temperatures from −120°C up to 40°C. The methodology improves significantly the results obtained under the assumption that notches behave as cracks.

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