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Analysis of Threshold Stress Intensity Factors KIH to Fracture Hydrides in Zr-2.5Nb Pressure Tubes

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Kang S. Kim, Young S. Kim, Yong M. Cheong, Kyung S. Im, Sang B. Ahn

Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon, Korea

Paper No. PVP2006-ICPVT-11-94057, pp. 383-388; 6 pages
  • ASME 2006 Pressure Vessels and Piping/ICPVT-11 Conference
  • Volume 3: Design and Analysis
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 23–27, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4754-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3782-3
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Delayed Hydride Cracking (DHC) tests are conducted by using CT specimens of Zr-2.5Nb at 250 °C. The test data is inputed for the FEM model. The stresses of the hydride and Zr-2.5Nb elements near the crack tip of the FEM model are examined. Also, the plastic zone size and average stresses near the crack tip are calculated for checking the effects of the plastic constraint. The material behavior of the elements near a crack tip, the hydride expansion stress, the hydride fracture strength and the size of the plastic zone according to each K are found. Also, Stage I and Stage II of the unique DHC phenomenon can be explained through an analysis of the plastic constraint force in the plastic zone.

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