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Keywords:

  • toughness;
  • indentation;
  • glass;
  • cracks;
  • R-curve

Various methods to measure fracture toughness using in-dentation precracks were compared using soda-lime glass as a test material. In situ measurements of crack size as a function of applied stress allow both the toughness Kc and the residual-stress factor χ to be independently determined. Analysis of the data showed that stress intensity factors based on classical half-penny crack shapes overestimate toughness values and produce an apparent R-curve effect. This is due to a constraint on crack shape imposed by primary lateral cracks in soda—lime glass. Models based on elliptical cracks were developed to account for the crack-shape effects.