Fracture toughness assessment of axial partially through cracks in X65 and X70 steel pipes

Document Type : Original Article


1 Design and Production Eng. Dept., Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams University, Egypt.

2 Department of Manufacturing Technology, College of Technological Studies, PAAET, Kuwait.



This paper presents analysis of fracture assessment methods of axial partiallythrough crack in X65 and X70 steel pipes with internal pressure. Two analytical methods Folin–Ciocalteu method (FC method) and Gauss–Seidel method (GS method)) are used to make assessment for two steel pipes (steel X65 and X70). Finite Element model of X65 and
X70 steel full-scale pipes with axial part-through crack was established. In this work, a comparison is made between results obtained from FC and GS methods and finite element model with previous experimental results. The GS is more conservative assessment method as it provides smaller crack depth (a) corresponding to (Jcr). Finite Element model in case of steel X70 is more conservative than the analytical methods and its results close to the experimental values.