Critical structural components must be fabricated from steels that exhibit adequate low-temperature fracture toughness because of the serious consequences of failure due to brittle fracture. This article reviews fracture resistance assessment procedures for welded joints and includes discussions on fatigue crack growth and fracture toughness. It presents the fracture toughness requirements specified by different design codes, summarizes the specifications for offshore structural steels provided by international standards organizations, and discusses the applications of these specifications. The article also focuses on advances made in steel technology and the impact of these advances on the fracture toughness of steel.
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