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Evaluation of Stress Corrosion Crack Growth in Low Alloy Steel Vessel Materials in the BWR Environment

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Sampath Ranganath

XGEN Engineering, San Jose, CA

Robert G. Carter

Electric Power Research Institute, Charlotte, NC

Rajeshwar Pathania

Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA

Stefan Ritter, Hans-Peter Seifert

Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland

Paper No. PVP2018-84257, pp. V06BT06A011; 13 pages
  • ASME 2018 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 6B: Materials and Fabrication
  • Prague, Czech Republic, July 15–20, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5168-5
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Low alloy steels (LAS) used in the fabrication of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) and nozzles have been resistant to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) environment. The plate material is SA533 Grade B and the nozzle material is SA508 Class 2 for most operating BWRs. While BWR service field experience with the LAS materials has been very good for there have been a limited number of SCC incidents where cracking has been reported especially in Alloy 182 RPV attachment (dissimilar metal) welds. This paper describes the methodology for the assessment of SCC crack growth rate (CGR) of LAS RPV components in the BWR environment. Specifically, it describes the development of CGR disposition lines (also called reference crack growth rate curves) for normal water chemistry (NWC) and hydrogen water chemistry (HWC) in BWR environments. In addition, based on more recent data from tests on the effect of chloride transients in NWC environments are also proposed.

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