Present work deals with the investigation of fracture toughness and modeling parameters need in FEA application for steel use in shipbuilding structure. The investigated steel was 12.5mm thick low carbon high strength steel. Two types of tests were performed, tensile test and fracture test to evaluate mechanical properties and fracture toughness respectively. Cohesive zone model (CZM) was used because it is very computer effective and requires only two parameters, which can be determined in experiments with relative ease. Cohesive zone model with trapezoidal traction law found suitable for the investigated steel. To simulate CZM, bulk section with plane stress elements and bulk section with plane stress with plane strain core scheme are found suitable however bulk section with plane stress with plane strain core scheme gives accurate numerical results.

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