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Report of Examination of the Sample from Core Shroud (1F4-H4) at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station Unit-4 (Contract research)

The Working Team for Examination of the Sample from Core Shrouds and Primary Loop Recirculation Pipi

During the 12th periodical inspection in Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Station Unit-4 (BWR, 784MW) of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which has been held from September 1993 to February 1994, cracks were found at welded joints No.H4 in the core shroud middle shell. TEPCO has conducted a material examination with Nippon Nuclear Fuel Development Co. Ltd. (NFD) on the SUS304L specimen including cracks sampled from the inner surface of welded joints (H4) of the middle shell of the core shroud. The present examination has been performed with the objective to independently investigate and evaluate the materials by jointly attending the examination with NFD, receiving the final data given by the examination and providing a JAERI's own evaluation report as a third-party organization for assuring the transparency. Based on the research results described above, presence of tensile residual stress by welding and relatively high dissolved oxygen contents in core coolant, it is concluded that the cracks observed were caused by the stress corrosion cracking (SCC).

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