Structural integrity assessment of reactor components requires consideration of crack growth. A key input to this is the development of reference stress corrosion crack (SCC) growth rate curves for use in the structural evaluation. The ASME Section XI Task Group on SCC Reference Curve is looking into available SCC data for stainless steel and nickel based alloys and associated weldment in both pressurized water reactor (PWR) and boiling water reactor (BWR) environments. The test data show significant data scatter in crack growth rates (CGR). The conservative approach is to develop reference curves that bound all available data so that upper bound crack growth predictions. While this approach may be conservative, it may lead to excessive estimates of crack growth and result in unrealistic (and often meaningless) structural margin predictions. Selection of the appropriate SCC reference curves requires realistic interpretation of test data so that the predictions are consistent with field behavior and provide reasonable, but conservative assessment. This paper describes crack growth assessment for stainless steel piping and Alloy 600 safe end components with Alloy 182/82 welds in BWR environment. The results from the crack growth analysis for piping can be used to determine whether a proposed reference curve provides reasonable results. The objective is to use the piping and safe end crack growth predictions to develop optimal SCC Reference Curves for use in ASME Code evaluations.
Environmental Crack Growth Predictions for Piping Components
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Ranganath, S, & DeBoo, G. "Environmental Crack Growth Predictions for Piping Components." Proceedings of the ASME 2007 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Volume 1: Codes and Standards. San Antonio, Texas, USA. July 22–26, 2007. pp. 269-286. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2007-26709
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