Verification of Warm Prestressing Effect Under a Pressurized Thermal Shock (PTS) Event

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H. Okamura, G. Yagawa

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

T. Hidaka

Japan Power Engineering and Inspection Corporation, Tokyo, Japan

Y. Urabe, M. Satoh, M. Tomimatsu

Takasago R&D Center, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Takasago, Japan

M. Iida

Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Kobe, Japan

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 116(3), 267-273 (Aug 01, 1994) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2929586 History: Received September 02, 1993; Revised February 15, 1994; Online June 17, 2008


Fracture tests for the verification of WPS (warm prestressing) effect were carried out by using large flat specimens and big compact specimens with low toughness. In the case of monotonical K I increasing during cooling, the specimen broke within the scatter band of K IC . On the other hand, when K I was decreasing during cooling, the specimens did not break even if K I values were beyond the scatter band of K IC . That is, WPS effect was confirmed even for the low toughness steel like reactor pressure vessel wall under neutron irradiation. Also, K I values at fracture can be predicted by Chell’s theory. By applying WPS effect and the predictive equations for irradiation embrittlement for Japanese PWR reactor steels to the PTS integrity analysis, much more temperature margin can be expected.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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