Mode I fracture testing fixture

Patent Number: 11,298,754
Issued: 4/12/2022
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Abstract: An apparatus and method for preparing Double Cantilever Beam (DCB) specimens are disclosed as an apparatus and method for conducting Mode I fracture resistance testing using the DCB specimens. In a first embodiment, a drill jig is used to locate the DCB specimen and guide a drilling process during creation of at least one through-hole in the DCB specimen. The drilling process may employ a traditional drill and drill bit, a laser drill, or a water jet. In another embodiment, a set of rotating pin blocks, each with a full-round or a half-round specimen pin at one end and a hanger full-round pin at the other end, engage the DCB specimen and facilitate the internal application of a fracturing load to the DCB specimen for the Mode I fracture resistance test. The present invention may significantly reduce the time and materials needed to prepare and test a DCB specimen.
Filed: 5/20/2020
Application Number: 16/878,731
Government Interests: STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The Government has certain rights in the invention.