0

Full Content is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >

Stress Corrosion Cracking of Cold Worked Austenitic Stainless Steels in Laboratory Primary PWR Environment

[+] Author Affiliations
Francois Vaillant, Thierry Couvant, Jean-Marie Boursier

Electricité de France, Moret Sur Loing, France

Claude Amzallag

Electricité de France, Villeurbanne, France

Yves Rouillon

Electricité de France, Saint Denis Cedex, France

Olivier Raquet

CEA, Gif Sur Yvette, France

Paper No. PVP2004-3057, pp. 51-63; 13 pages
doi:10.1115/PVP2004-3057
From:
  • ASME/JSME 2004 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Storage Tank Integrity and Materials Evaluation
  • San Diego, California, USA, July 25–29, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4685-7
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME

abstract

Austenitic Stainless Steels (ASS) are widespread in primary and auxiliary circuits of Pressurized Water Reactors (PWRs). Moreover, some components suffer stress corrosion cracking (SCC) under neutron irradiation. This degradation could be the result of the increase of hardness and / or the modification of chemical composition at the grain boundary by irradiation. In order to avoid complex and costly corrosion facilities, the effects of radiation hardening on the material are commonly simulated by applying a pre-strain on non-irradiated material prior to stress corrosion cracking tests. The typical features of the cracking process in primary environment at 360°C during CERTs included an initiation stage (composed of a true initiation time and a slow propagation regime leading to a crack depth lower than 50 μm), then a “rapid” propagation stage before mechanical failure. Pre-straining increased significantly CGRs and the mode of pre-straining could strongly modify the crack path. No significant cracking (< 50 μm) was obtained under a pure static loading. A dynamic loading (CERT or cyclic) was required and various thresholds (hardness, elongation, stress) for the occurrence of SCC were determined. An important R&D program is in progress to develop initiation and propagation models for SCC of austenitic SS in primary environment.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME

Figures

Tables

Interactive Graphics

Video

Country-Specific Mortality and Growth Failure in Infancy and Yound Children and Association With Material Stature

Use interactive graphics and maps to view and sort country-specific infant and early dhildhood mortality and growth failure data and their association with maternal

NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In