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Study on Effects of Non-Isothermal Condition and Strain Holding on Environmentally Assisted Fatigue in PWR Primary Water Environment

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Seiji Asada

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd, Kobe, Japan

Yuichi Fukuta

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd, Takasago, Japan

Kawaljit Ahluwalia, David Steininger

Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA

Paper No. PVP2016-63798, pp. V01AT01A028; 8 pages
  • ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 1A: Codes and Standards
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 17–21, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5035-0
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


To understand the fatigue behavior of austenitic stainless steels in a simulated PWR primary water environment, the patterns were studied. Austenitic stainless steel Type 316 plate was used as the test material.

Regarding non-isothermal testing: isothermal and non-isothermal fatigue tests were carried out for several patterns of temperature change and strain rate change. Typically, fatigue lives for non-isothermal tests with an out-of-phase strain change pattern were longer than those for isothermal tests.

Regarding strain holding testing: multiple groups of strain range cycles were separated by a long hold time and several test cases were carried out. Testing shows there is little difference in fatigue life for strain holding tests with high strain amplitude.

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