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Comparison of SCC growth rate between in-core and EX-core tests in BWR simulated high temperature water

Kaji, Yoshiyuki ; Ugachi, Hirokazu ; Tsukada, Takashi ; Matsui, Yoshinori ; Omi, Masao; Nagata, Nobuaki*; Dozaki, Koji*; Takiguchi, Hideki*

Irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) is one of the critical concerns when stainless steel components have been in service in light water reactors for a long period. In-core IASCC growth tests have been carried out using the compact tension type specimens of type 304 stainless steel that had been pre-irradiated up to a neutron fluence level around 1$$times$$10$$^{25}$$n/m$$^{2}$$ in pure water simulated boiling water reactor (BWR) coolant condition at the Japan Materials Testing Reactor (JMTR). In order to investigate the effect of synergy of neutron/$$gamma$$ radiation and stress/water environment on SCC growth rate, we performed post irradiation examinations (PIEs) in the several dissolved oxygen contents or hydrogen peroxide added environments under the same electrochemical potential condition. In this paper, results of the in-core SCC growth tests will be discussed comparing with the result obtained by PIEs from a viewpoint of the synergistic effects on IASCC.

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