An Assessment of Low Alloy Steel EAC Corrosion Fatigue Relationships for BWR Environment PUBLIC ACCESS

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Hardayal Mehta, Ron Horn

General Electric

Paper No. PVP2005-71725, pp. 233; 1 page
  • ASME 2005 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 1: Codes and Standards
  • Denver, Colorado, USA, July 17–21, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4186-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3763-7
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The fatigue crack growth rates for ferritic steels in water environments given in A-4300 of Appendix A, Section XI, ASME Code, were developed from data obtained prior to 1980. Subsequently, updated assessments by Eason, et al. and recent laboratory test results from Seifert and Ritter demonstrated that under certain conditions, ferritic steels exposed to oxygenated water environments may be susceptible to high fatigue crack growth rates that exceed the current disposition curves. In the light of ASME adopting Code Case N-643 for PWRs, there is a need for a similar Code Case for the BWR water environments (for both the normal water chemistry and hydrogen water chemistry/NobleChem) that takes into account these findings. This could mean modification of current EAC curves in the ASME Code. A joint program of EPRI and GE was developed to address this need for updated evaluations of the corrosion fatigue. The program’s first task has been to re-assess the role of rise time, environment, alloy, heat treatment and impurity levels on the established ASME codified disposition curves/methodologies. The data was then used as a basis to assess the impact of on modified cyclic curves on the disposition approaches that are currently used to evaluate postulated flaws in the BWR reactor pressure vessel or RPV head and the feed water nozzle regions. The presentation would include a discussion of the appropriate BWR plant transients and the GE process for performing evaluations. The role of the evaluations on the establishment of inspection intervals currently determined using NUREG-0619 and the latest BWROG Report would also be presented. Finally, the relationship between cyclic load and constant load behavior in these steels are discussed in the context of the mechanisms for environmentally assisted cracking.

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