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Parametric Study on Pressure-Temperature Limit Curve

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Shin-Beom Choi, Han-Bum Surh, Jong-Wook Kim

Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon, Korea

Paper No. PVP2016-63721, pp. V06AT06A044; 5 pages
  • ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 6A: Materials and Fabrication
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 17–21, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5042-8
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


The final goal of this study is to solve the round-robin problem for the safety of a reactor pressure vessel by adopting a finite element analysis and probabilistic fracture mechanics. To do so, a sensitivity analysis and a deterministic analysis should be conducted. This paper contains the results of the sensitivity analysis as intermediate results of a round-robin problem. Key parameters such as the initial Reference Temperature for Nil Ductility Transition, Ni contents, Cu contents, fluence, and input transient were chosen to conduct the sensitivity analysis. In addition, different values of crack depth to the thickness ratio are considered to develop FE models. Moreover, a series of FE analyses are carried out. As a result, each key parameter has an influence on RTNDT and KIc. This means that the P-T limit curve is shifted. If the value of each key parameter is increased, the P-T limit curve is moved to the right side. Therefore, the operating area of the P-T limit curve should be reduced. The results of this paper will be very helpful in enhancing our understanding of the P-T limit curve. In addition, it will be used to adjust the probabilistic fracture mechanics and solve the round-robin problem.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Pressure , Temperature



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