Plastic η factor is adopted to account crack tip plasticity while evaluating the fracture toughness of the materials as per ASTM E1820. It is valid only for homogeneous materials. The plastic η factor for compact tension geometry (CT) with type 316LN stainless steel weld has been evaluated based on elastic-plastic FE analysis. The incremental elastic-plastic material model with various values for strength mismatch level (M), from 1.2 to 2.2 has been considered for the weld. The weld width (h) parallel to the crack plane is varied from 4 mm to 16 mm. The η values thus obtained are analyzed and the inferences are discussed.
Keywords: Limit load, Plastic η, elastic-plastic, strength mismatch level
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