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CGR behavior of low carbon stainless steel of hardened heat affected zone in PLR piping weld joints

Ando, Masami*; Nakata, Kiyotomo*; Ito, Mikiro*; Tanaka, Norihiko*; Koshiishi, Masato*; Obata, Ryoji*; Miwa, Yukio; Kaji, Yoshiyuki ; Hayakawa, Masao*

Long term SCC growth tests for nuclear grade stainless steel (SUS316(NG)) were conducted in a simulated BWR environment using specimens taken from mock-up PLR piping weld joints to obtain the crack growth rate (CGR) of the hardened heat affected zone due to weld shrinkage around weld, in order to develop the CGR curve which will be used for flaw evaluation. The piping joints were made of forged and extracted materials with several welding techniques. The obtained CGRs were higher than that of solution heat treated material. The CGRs for hardened SUS316(NG) have a correlation with hardness regardless of materials and welding techniques. The CGRs increased with hardness in the range from 210 to 250 Hv. The CGR acceleration mechanism in hardened HAZ of low carbon stainless steel was estimated based on the strain distribution and the AFM image around a SCC crack tip. It was suggested that the interaction of the plastic strain gradient at a crack tip and local strain along GBs.

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