Standard Test Method of Sharp-Notch Tension Testing of High-Strength Sheet Materials
1.1 This test method covers the determination of a comparative measure of the resistance of sheet materials to unstable fracture originating from a very sharp stress-concentrator or crack. It relates specifically to fracture under continuously increasing load and excludes conditions of loading that produce creep or fatigue. The quantity determined is the sharp-notch strength of a specimen of particular dimensions, and this value depends upon these dimensions as well as the characteristics of the material. The sharp-notch strength:yield strength ratio is also determined.
1.2 This test method is restricted to one specimen width which is generally suitable for evaluation of high-strength materials (yield strength-to-density ratio above ? 700 000 psi/lb[dot]in. or (18 kgf/mm )/(g/cm )). The test will discriminate differences in resistance to unstable fracture when the sharp-notch strength is less than the tensile yield strength. The discrimination increases as the ratio of the notch strength to the yield strength decreases.
1.3 This test method is restricted to sheet materials not less than 0.64 mm (0.025 in.) and not exceeding 6 mm (0.25 in.) in thickness. Since the notch strength may depend on the sheet thickness, comparison of various material conditions must be based on tests of specimens having the same nominal thickness.
1.4 The sharp-notch strength may depend strongly upon temperature within a certain range depending upon the characteristics of the material. The test method is suitable for tests at any appropriate temperature. However, comparisons of various material conditions must be based on tests conducted at the same temperature.
1.5 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
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