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Two-dimensional stress corrosion cracking model for reactor structural materials

Igarashi, Takahiro ; Miwa, Yukio; Kaji, Yoshiyuki ; Tsukada, Takashi 

The two-dimensional intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) growth model has been developed to simulate branching cracks of IGSCC. In the model, the IGSCC is grown using the "grain-scaled" factors such as the length and strength of grain boundary and so on. Especially, the corrosion of grain boundary and the influence of shear stress acting on the grain boundary are introduced in the model. Using the model, computer simulation of crack growth was carried out under several load conditions with changing the ratio of axial to shear stress against the grain boundary. As a result of the simulations, we found out that the cause of crack branching was the influence of shear stress against the grain boundary, and that the synergistic effect of shear stress and corrosion of grain boundary leads to the oblique crack growth.

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