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Tests and Calculations of Thermomechanical Shocks in the Brittle/Ductile Transition Zone of a Pressure Vessel Steel

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M. Reytier, S. Chapuliot


M. Nédélec


Paper No. PVP2003-1996, pp. 103-110; 8 pages
  • ASME 2003 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Fatigue, Fracture, and Damage Analysis
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, July 20–24, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4152-9
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


In order to study the effects of a sudden cooling in a thick hot structure, such as the vessel of a pressurised water reactor, a specially-adapted compact tension specimen has been developed. It consists of a CT50 (2T-CT specimen) with holes through the specimen to cool the crack tip locally by liquid nitrogen. Therefore, this new test allows to study in details different loading-temperature histories near the brittle/ductile transition zone which may put the classical crack intiation criteria in the wrong. First, this article describes in details two tests for which a cleavage rupture has been obtained during the thermal shock on this 16MND5 steel. Either the Crack Mouth Opening Displacement was maintained during the test or the applied load. Then, numerical calculations have been realised in order to estimate the local mechanical fields at the crack tip and to evaluate the global fracture mechanics parameters. Thanks to these tests and these thermal and mechanical simulations, a work is done on rupture criteria under thermal shocks by using either the “Master Curve” approach or the Beremin model.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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