We present the detailed results of a series of Monte Carlo simulations of the Gao and Dodds calibration procedure that was carried out to determine the likely size in the errors in the Beremin cleavage model parameter estimates that might be expected for fracture toughness data sets of various sizes. The calibration process was carried out a large number of times using different sample sizes, and mean values and standard errors in the parameter estimates were determined. Modified boundary layer finite element models were used to represent high and low constraint conditions (as in the fracture tests) as well as the SSY condition. The “experimental” Jc values were obtained numerically by random sampling of a Beremin distribution function with known values of the true parameters. A number of cautionary remarks in the application of the calibration method are made.

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