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Failure estimation methods for steam generator tubes with wall-thinning or crack

Yamaguchi, Yoshihito ; Mano, Akihiro ; Li, Y. 

The steam generator (SG) tube is one of the important components in pressurized water reactors. Flaws such as wall-thinning or stress corrosion cracking have been reported in SG tubes. The burst pressure where both the internal and external pressures from the primary and secondary coolant systems are considered must be predicted to assess the structural integrity of SG tubes. Burst tests were performed by various organizations. On the basis of the test results, failure estimation methods were proposed. In this study, previous burst test data and existing failure estimation methods for SG tubes with wall-thinning or crack were investigated. As a result, the coefficient of the existing estimation method for SG tube with uniform wall-thinning was updated. In addition, failure estimation methods that are suitable for SG tubes with crack or local wall-thinning were proposed by considering the effects of the flaw shape and size on the burst pressure. The applicability of the failure estimation methods was confirmed by comparing the predicted results with the burst test data in actual SG tubes.



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