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Elastic-Plastic Fracture Analysis of a Reactor Pressure Vessel Subjected to Pressurized Thermal Shock

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Huajing Guo, Zhongxian Wang

Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China

Poh-Sang Lam

Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC

Paper No. PVP2017-66221, pp. V06AT06A042; 9 pages
  • ASME 2017 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 6A: Materials and Fabrication
  • Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA, July 16–20, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5799-1
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Three-dimensional finite element models are used to analyze a reactor pressure vessel with an axial semi-elliptical surface crack subjected to pressurized thermal shock. During the thermal shock event, the J-A2 two-parameter fracture theory is used to investigate the temperature-dependent constraint effect at the deepest point and the surface point of the crack. Using the R6 methodology, a series of constraint-based crack failure assessment curves during the thermal shock can be obtained. It was found that the crack tip constraint should be considered for developing a more realistic failure criterion.

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