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ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code Requirements for Prevention of Brittle Fracture

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Robert E. Nickell

Applied Science and Technology, Poway, CA 92064

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 125(2), 121-130 (May 05, 2003) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1561452 History: Received December 14, 2001; Revised January 24, 2003; Online May 05, 2003

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References

ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code , Rules for Construction of Unfired Pressure Vessels, Section VIII, Division 1, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, 1998.
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code , Rules of Construction of Nuclear Power Plant Components, Section III, Division 1, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, 1998.
Yukawa,  S., Doty,  W. D., and Landerman,  E. I., 1990, “Basis and Development of Toughness Requirements for Class 2, Class 3, Containment and Component Support Materials in Section III of the ASME Code,” ASME J. Pressure Vessel Technol., 112(3), pp. 193–198.
Regulatory Guide 7.11 , “Fracture Toughness Criteria for Ferritic Steel Shipping Cask Containment Vessels with a Maximum Wall Thickness of Four Inches (0.1 m),” U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC, June 1991.
Regulatory Guide 7.12 , “Fracture Toughness Criteria of Base Material for Ferritic Steel Shipping Cask Containment Vessels With A Wall Thickness Greater Than 4 Inches (0.1 m) But Not Exceeding 12 Inches (0.3 m),” U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC, June 1991.
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code , Rules of Construction of Nuclear Power Plant Components, Section III, Division 3, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, 1998.
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code , Rules for Inservice Inspection of Nuclear Power Plant Components, Section XI, Division 1, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, New York, 1995.
Wullaert, R., Oldfield, W., and Server, W., “Fracture Toughness Data for Ferritic Pressure Vessel Materials,” EPRI Report No. NP-121 , Effects Technology, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA, Apr. 1976.
Arai, T., Saegusa, T., Yagawa, G., Urabe, N., and Nickell, R., “Determination of Lower-Bound Fracture Toughness for Heavy-Section Ductile Cast Iron (DCI) and Estimations by Small Specimen Test,” Fracture Mechanics: Twenty-Fourth Symposium, ASTM STP 1207 , eds., J. D. Landes, D. E. McCabe, and J. A. M. Boulet, ASTM, Philadelphia, pp. 355–368, 1994.

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Impact test exemption curves, ASME Code Section VIII, Division 1 (Fig. UCS-66)
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Permissible lowest service metal temperature for Class 2, Class 3, containment and support structure ferritic steels, ASME Code Section III, Division 1 (Fig. R-1200-1)
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Irwin thickness correction curve
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KIR lower-bound reference fracture toughness curve, ASME Code Section III, Division 1, Appendix G (Fig. G-2210-1)
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Stress multipliers to obtain fracture mechanics applied stress intensity, ASME Code Section III, Division 1, Appendix G (Fig. G-2214-1)
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Comparison of Appendix R reference curve to fully conservative Appendix G fracture mechanics approach
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Comparison of Appendix R reference curve to Appendix G fracture mechanics approach with relaxed flaw conservatism (flaw depth=1/10 thickness)
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Comparison of Appendix R reference curve to Appendix G fracture mechanics approach with relaxed stress conservatism
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Comparison of Appendix R reference curve to Appendix G fracture mechanics approach with relaxed fracture toughness conservatism
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The four hyperbolic tangent parameters

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