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Online Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Codes: Criteria and Commentary on Select Aspects of the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Codes

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2020

The role of fracture mechanics in ASME Section XI applications comes in the form of evaluation of indications or flaws detected during inservice inspection of nuclear components. The need to include the influence of significant plastic deformation, which may accompany crack initiation and the subsequent stable growth, has been the main driving force for the development of the field of elastic-plastic fracture mechanics (EPFM). This chapter traces the history of development of the EPFM from the 1960s and reviews the EPFM applications in Section XI Code. It discusses the three approaches considered in the application of EPFM in flaw...

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