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Report of Examination of the Samples from Primary Loop Recirculation Piping (K1-PLR) at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station Unit-1 (Contract Research)

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

At the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Station Unit-1, indications of cracks were identified in a weld joint portion of the primary loop recirculation piping. To investigate the cause of cracks, TEPCO conducted a material examination on the specimen including the cracks. The present investigation was carried out to ensure transparency of the examination by providing JAERI's own evaluation report as a third party organization. The following findings were made; (1) A crack was observed near the weld region. (2) Intergranular cracking was observed at almost whole fracture surface. (3) Transgranular cracking was observed at the crack opening region. Increases of hardness by cold work were observed and the crack was initiated near the region where hardness value showed the highest. (4) Content of Cr was very slightly depleted in the vicinity of grain boundary. Based on the above results with the presence of tensile residual stress near the crack generated by welding process and dissolved oxygen contents in cooling water, the observed cracks were concluded to be stress corrosion cracking.



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