Abstract: The Master Curve approach has been widely applied to characterize the ductile to brittle transition region of ferritic steels. In order to further optimise the available material to be tested, great efforts have been recently performed to combine it with miniature testing techniques. One of the most promising is the small punch testing technique, currently under standardisation process in Europe. In this paper, small punch modified specimens with a lateral notch for the estimation of fracture toughness have been employed to obtain the reference temperature, T0, of a pressure vessel steel. The influence of the applied notch length has been analysed and a valid range has been proposed. In addition, the validity criterion of the tests for the estimation of T0 has been further verified, confirming its suitability. Finally, results have been compared with those obtained with conventional fracture mechanics specimens and previous works. As a result, a methodology to estimate the reference temperature by means of small punch tests with notch lengths of approximately 4.4 mm has been proposed, turning it into a promising candidate for the characterisation of the transition regime.
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