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Fatigue Crack Growth Rate of Medium and Low Sulfur Ferritic Steels in Pressurized Water Reactor Primary Water Environments

[+] Author Affiliations
Ernest D. Eason, Edward E. Nelson

Modeling and Computing Services LLC, Boulder, CO

Graham B. Heys

U.K. Health and Safety Executive, Bootle, Merseyside, England

Paper No. PVP2003-1776, pp. 123-134; 12 pages
  • ASME 2003 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Pressure Vessel and Piping Codes and Standards
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, July 20–24, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-1694-X
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


Models of fatigue crack growth rates for medium and low sulfur ferritic pressure vessel steels in pressurized water reactor (PWR) primary environments are developed based on a recent collection of UK data and the EPRI Database for Environmentally Assisted Cracking (EDEAC). The combined UK and EDEAC database contains a broader range of experimental conditions specific to PWRs than either database by itself. Both probabilistic and conventional crack growth rate models are developed that reduce unnecessary conservatism for medium and low sulfur PWR primary water applications and eliminate the explicit dependence on rise time that caused difficulties applying prior models.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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