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IAEA Coordinated Research Project on Master Curve Approach to Monitor Fracture Toughness of RPV Steels: Effect of Loading Rate

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Hans-Werner Viehrig

Forschungszentrum Dresden Rossendorf, Dresden, Germany

Enrico Lucon

SCK•CEN, Mol, Belgium

Paper No. PVP2007-26087, pp. 187-192; 6 pages
  • ASME 2007 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 7: Operations, Applications and Components
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, July 22–26, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4285-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3804-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


In the final evaluation for the application of the Master Curve in the IAEA Coordinated Research Project Phase 5 (CRP-5), one of the areas which was identified as needing further work concerned the effects of loading rate on the reference temperature To up to impact loading conditions. This subject represents one of the three topic areas within the current CRP-8. The effect of loading rate can be broken down into two distinct aspects: 1) the effect of loading rate on the Master Curve To values for loading rates within the specified in ASTM E1921-05 for quasi-static loading (0.1–2 MPa√m/s); 2) the effect of loading rate on To values for higher loading rates, including impact conditions using instrumented precracked Charpy (PCC) specimens. The new CRP includes both aspects, but primarily focuses on the second element of loading rate effects, i.e. loading rates above 2 MPa√m/s. These issues are investigated within the topic area #2 of CRP-8 (Loading Rate Effect). The mandatory portion of this topic area required participation in a round-robin exercise (RRE) to validate the application of the Master Curve approach to PCC specimens tested in the ductile-to-brittle transition region using an instrumented pendulum (10 tests per participant on the JRQ material). The current status of the RRE is presented in [1]. The non-mandatory portion of this topic area consists in providing Master Curve data obtained at different loading rates on various RPV steels, in order to assess the loading rate dependence of To and compare it with an empirical model proposed by Wallin. Moreover, additional topics will be addressed, such as: • comparison of results from unloading compliance and monotonic loading in the quasi-static range; • estimation of fracture toughness from Charpy V-notch data; • assessment of crack arrest properties from instrumented Charpy results; • effect of irradiation on the relationship between static and dynamic fracture toughness.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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