A new method of fracture analysis is described. Strains recorded by gages in the immediate vicinity of a propagating crack are analyzed. From the analysis, crack tip position, propagation toughness, and crack velocity are determined. The analysis procedure Is demonstrated using data from the dynamic fracturing of a large-scale, wide plate test. The results are then used to describe the propagation toughness-crack velocity-temperature relation for the 2.25 Cr-1 Mo steel used in the test.

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