The fracture criterion JIC is determined on SA-516-70 steel using precracked CVN specimens. The addition of an appropriate side-groove results in a better plane-strain condition at the crack tip and removes a major part of the absorbed energy due to lateral deformation. The value of JIC static is calculated from a single three-point-bend experiment. The displacement of the cracked front is followed by the measurement of the electrical resistance. We have shown that a single specimen is sufficient for determining JIC. Experiments on an instrumented Charpy machine were used for the calculation of the value of JICD. We assumed, for elasto-plastic behavior, that the maximum point of the load-displacement curve corresponds to the instability threshold of the crack. The values of JIC and JICD obtained by these two methods are compared and discussed.

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