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Fatigue Crack Propagation Analysis of Nozzle Corner Using the Influence Function Method

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Mayumi Ochi, Kiminobu Hojo, Takeharu Nagasaki

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Paper No. PVP2002-1208, pp. 193-199; 7 pages
  • ASME 2002 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • New and Emerging Computational Methods: Applications to Fracture, Damage, and Reliability
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 5–9, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-1949-3
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


A calculation system has been developed in order to evaluate the thermal fatigue crack propagation of a semi-elliptical crack on the corner of a nozzle. One fatigue crack was assumed on the inner surface of the nozzle corner of a representative PWR reactor vessel. The stress intensity factors K were calculated at the deepest and outermost surface points of the crack using the influence function method. A database was prepared for the cracks with a depth of 0.022 t − 0.5 t (t: pressure vessel thickness) and an aspect ratio of 0.1a/c – 1.0 a/c (a: crack depth and c: half surface width). Eight-noded solid elements and the finite element analysis code MARC were used. The calculation system enables the propagation of fatigue cracks at nozzle corners to be carried out in a very short time.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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