ToughSteel Event

Industrial workshop - How to assess the essential work of fracture: set up and carry out an experimental campaign

ToughSteel is a European project funded by the Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) programme. The main aim of ToughSteel is the dissemination and valorisation of fracture toughness as a material property to rationalise crack-related problems in Advanced High Strength Steels.

In this industrial workshop, we will help you to implement and optimize (cost and time reduction) your experimental EWF campaign.

10th February 2023

9.00h – 12.00h CET



9:00 – 9:15 – Welcome

Pierre Bollen, Researcher, UCLouvain

9:15 – 9:45 – Introduction of key concepts
  • What is EWF
  • Physical meaning
  • Limits of the method and validity range
9:45 – 10:30 – How to minimize the material cost of an experimental campaign
Antoine Hilhorst, Researcher, UCLouvain
10:30 – 10:45 – Virtual coffee break
10:45 – 11:30 – Experimental steps definition:
  • Choice of notch radius and machining technique
  • Performing mechanical test
  • Analysis of data

Thibault Heremans, Researcher, UCLouvain

11:30 – 12:00 – Take home summary and final Questions & Answers
12:00 – Closing