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Effects of temperature on stress corrosion cracking behavior of stainless steel and outer oxide distribution in cracks due to exposure to high-temperature water containing hydrogen peroxide

Nakano, Junichi; Sato, Tomonori ; Kato, Chiaki  ; Yamamoto, Masahiro ; Tsukada, Takashi ; Kaji, Yoshiyuki 

Cracking growth tests were conducted in high-temperature water containing hydrogen peroxide (H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$) at 561 to 423 K to evaluate the effects of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ on stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of stainless steel (SS) at temperature lower than the boiling water reactor (BWR) operating temperature. Small compact tension (CT) specimens were prepared from thermally sensitized type 304 SS. Despite the observation of only a small portion intergranular SCC (IGSCC) near the side groove of the CT specimen at 561 K in high-temperature water containing 100 ppb of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$, the IGSCC area expanded to the central region of the CT specimens at 423 and 453 K. Effects of H$$_{2}$$O$$_{2}$$ on SCC appeared intensely at temperature lower than the BWR operating temperature. To estimate the environment in the cracks, outer oxide distribution on the fracture surface and fatigue pre-crack were examined by laser Raman spectroscopy and thermal equilibrium calculation was performed.

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