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Low Cycle Fatigue Analysis of Storage Canisters Due to Expansion of Contents

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Harry E. Flanders, Jr.

Westinghouse Savannah River Company, Aiken, SC

Paper No. PVP2004-2987, pp. 151-164; 14 pages
  • ASME/JSME 2004 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Elevated Temperature Design and Analysis, Nonlinear Analysis, and Plastic Components
  • San Diego, California, USA, July 25–29, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4667-9
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Qualification of storage canisters due to the expansion behavior of plutonium metal during phase transitions requires a combined experimental and analytical modeling effort. Tests were conducted at Los Alamos National Laboratory to define the expansion behavior of plutonium metal during the alpha-beta-gamma phase transitions. Test results showed that the expansion is anisotropic due to the container wall constraint. The plutonium expansion parameters were calculated from test data, and combined with a finite element analysis (FEA) to determine the stress state of the storage canisters. Strain values were computed and compared with the ASME Code secondary and peak stress limits. Since the applied expansion strain exceeds the strain of 10 cycles in the ASME Code design fatigue curve, the ASME Code design fatigue curve was extended to values below 10 cycles.

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