An efficient method for estimating from sparse data the parameters of the impact energy variation in the ductile-brittle transition region


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Abstract

An efficient method is proposed for estimating from sparse data the parameters of the systematic variation of the Charpy impact energy in the ductile-brittle transition region of low-carbon weld steels. The parameter estimates are practically unbiased and with a very good precision even in the case of very large scatter of the absorbed impact energy. Furthermore, the parameter estimates determining the shape of the transition curve are not affected by its location along the temperature axis. The method is robust regarding the temperature corresponding to a specified impact energy level. Thus, for different type of scatter of the impact toughness and different lengths of the scatter intervals, the estimates of the temperature corresponding to a specified impact energy vary in narrow limits. The transition temperature corresponding to a specified impact energy level is estimated with a very good precision, which is important for quantifying the deterioration of properties due to embrittlement.

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