The elastic-plastic behavior of semi-submersible’s horizontal brace with a circumferential through crack which lies at its boundary was studied. Both tension and bending were considered to investigate the closed-form analytical solution. The results indicate that the tensile plastic zone and crack tip opening displacement (CTOD) on the cracked section increase sharply after a smoothly increment when loads became larger. The cracked horizontal brace with a greater initial circumferential through crack has a larger tensile plastic zone and earlier compressive plastic zone appearance on the cracked section. Compared with the load of tension, the bending load has larger effect on the plastic zones of the cracked section and CTOD of the crack.

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