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NCHRP 12-31 [Final]

Notch Toughness Variability in Bridge Steel Plates

  Project Data
Research Agency: University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator: Dr. Karl H. Frank
Effective Date: 9/1/1987
Completion Date: 2/28/1991

NCHRP Report 355 contains the findings of a study that was performed to establish the variability of Charpy V -notch (CVN) impact toughness within plates of A572 Grade 50 and A588 steels. The study included plate thickness up to 4 inches meeting AASHTO Zone 3 fracture notch toughness requirements. Both existing literature and the results of research conducted for this study were examined in an attempt to define the variability in CVN values. The report provides a comprehensive description of the research, including a discussion of the statistical analysis methods used, along with recommended revisions to the AASHTO Guide Specifications for Fracture Critical Non-Redundant Steel Bridge Members. The proposed revisions are intended to provide a reasonable certainty of safe and effective performance of steel plate with respect to toughness. The AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials adopted the recommended provisions in 1995.

Appendix B presents a summary of the CVN test data for all plates tested.

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