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Estimation of Master Curve Based RTTo Reference Temperature From CVN Data

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Kim R. W. Wallin

VTT Industrial Systems, Espoo, Finland

Gerhard Nagel

E.ON Energie, Hannover, Germany

Elisabeth Keim

Framatome ANP GmbH, Erlangen, Germany

Dieter Siegele

Fraunhofer IWM, Freiburg, Germany

Paper No. PVP2005-71135, pp. 241-247; 7 pages
  • ASME 2005 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 6: Materials and Fabrication
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, July 17–21, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4191-X | eISBN: 0-7918-3763-7
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The ASME code cases N-629 and N-631 permits the use of a Master Curve-based index temperature (RTTo ≡ T0 + 19.4°C) as an alternative to traditional RTNDT -based methods of positioning the ASME KIc , and KIR curves. This approach was adopted to enable use of Master Curve technology without requiring the wholesale changes to the structure of the ASME Code that would be needed to use all aspects of Master Curve technology. For the brittle failure analysis considering irradiation embrittlement additionally a procedure to predict the adjustment of fracture toughness for EOL from irradiation surveillance results must be available as by NRC R.G. 1.99 Rev. 2 e.g.: ART = Initial RTNDT + ΔRTNDT + Margin. The conservatism of this procedure when RTNDT is replaced by RTTo is investigated for western nuclear grade pressure vessel steels and their welds. Based on a systematic evaluation of nearly 100 different irradiated material data sets, a simple relation between RTToirr , RTToref and ΔT41JRG is proposed. The relation makes use of the R.G. 1.99 Rev. 2 and enables the minimizing of margins, necessary for conventional correlations based on temperature shifts. As an example, the method is used to assess the RTTo as a function of fluence for several German pressure vessel steels and corresponding welds. It is shown that the method is robust and well suited for codification.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Temperature



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