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Evaluation of multiaxial low cycle creep-fatigue life for Mod.9Cr-1Mo steel under non-proportional loading

Nakayama, Yuta*; Ogawa, Fumio*; Hiyoshi, Noritake*; Hashidate, Ryuta; Wakai, Takashi; Ito, Takamoto*

ISIJ International, 61(8), p.2299 - 2304, 2021/08

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering)

This study discusses the creep-fatigue strength for Mod.9Cr-1Mo steel at a high temperature under multiaxial loading. A low-cycle fatigue tests in various strain waveforms were performed with a hollow cylindrical specimen. The low cycle fatigue test was conducted under a proportional loading with a fixed axial strain and a non-proportional loading with a 90-degree phase difference between axial and shear strains. The low cycle fatigue tests at different strain rates and the creep-fatigue tests at different holding times were also conducted to discuss the effects of stress relaxation and strain holding on the failure life. In this study, two types of multiaxial creep-fatigue life evaluation methods were proposed: the first method is to calculate the strain range using Manson's universal slope method with considering a non-proportional loading factor and creep damage; the second method is to calculate the fatigue damage by considering the non-proportional loading factor using the linear damage law and to calculate the creep damage from the improved ductility exhaustion law. The accuracy of the evaluation methods is much better than that of the methods used in the evaluation of actual machines such as time fraction rule.

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Microstructural stability of ODS steel after very long-term creep test

Oka, Hiroshi; Tanno, Takashi; Yano, Yasuhide; Otsuka, Satoshi; Kaito, Takeji; Tachi, Yoshiaki

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 547, p.152833_1 - 152833_7, 2021/04

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:81.22(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

In order to evaluate the stability of nano-sized oxide particles and matrix structure of ODS cladding tube, which are the determinants of their high temperature strength, the microstructural observation was carried out after internal pressurized creep test at 700$$^{circ}$$C for over 45,000 hours. The specimens were the as-received and crept specimens of 9Cr-ODS steel with tempered martensite and 12Cr-ODS steel with recrystallized ferrite. Small platelet was cut out from the crept pressurized tube, then thinned to foil. Microstructural observation was conducted with TEM JEOL 2010F. As a result of the observation, it was confirmed that the size and number density of the nano-sized particles were almost unchanged even after the creep test. In addition, the tempered martensite structure, which is one of the determinants of the creep strength of 9Cr-ODS steel, was not significantly different between the as-received and crept specimen, indicating the stability of their matrix structure.

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Relation between intergranular stress of austenite and martensitic transformation in TRIP steels revealed by neutron diffraction

Harjo, S.; Kawasaki, Takuro; Tsuchida, Noriyuki*; Morooka, Satoshi; Gong, W.*

ISIJ International, 61(2), p.648 - 656, 2021/02

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0(Metallurgy & Metallurgical Engineering)

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Evaluation of breach characteristics of fast reactor fuel pins during steady state irradiation

Oka, Hiroshi*; Kaito, Takeji; Ikusawa, Yoshihisa; Otsuka, Satoshi

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 370, p.110894_1 - 110894_8, 2020/12

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The objective of this study is to evaluate the reliability of a cumulative damage fraction (CDF) analysis for the prediction of fuel pin breach in fast rector using experimentally obtained fuel pin breach data for the first time. Six breached fuel pins were obtained from steady state irradiation in the EBR-II. Post irradiation examinations revealed that FP gas pressure was the main cause of creep damage in cladding, and that the stress contribution from FCMI was negligible. CDFs evaluated for these pins using in-reactor creep rupture equation, taking into account the irradiation history of cladding temperature and hoop stress due to FP gas pressure, were in the range of 0.7 to 1.4 at the occurrence of breach. This shows clearly that fuel pin breach occurs when the CDF approaches 1.0. The results indicate that CDF analysis would be a reliable method for the prediction of fuel pin breach when appropriate material strength and environmental effects are adopted.

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The Effect of base irradiation on failure behaviors of UO$$_{2}$$ and chromia-alumina additive fuels under simulated reactivity-initiated accidents; A Comparative analysis with FEMAXI-8

Udagawa, Yutaka; Mihara, Takeshi; Taniguchi, Yoshinori; Kakiuchi, Kazuo; Amaya, Masaki

Annals of Nuclear Energy, 139, p.107268_1 - 107268_9, 2020/05

 Times Cited Count:0 Percentile:0.01(Nuclear Science & Technology)

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Development of creep property equations of 316FR stainless steel and Mod.9Cr-1Mo steel for sodium-cooled fast reactor to achieve 60-year design life

Onizawa, Takashi; Hashidate, Ryuta

Mechanical Engineering Journal (Internet), 6(1), p.18-00477_1 - 18-00477_15, 2019/02

Aiming at enhancing its economic competitiveness and reducing radioactive waste, JAEA has proposed an attractive plant concept and made great efforts to demonstrate the applicability of some innovative technologies to the plant. One of the most practical means is to extend the design life to 60 years. Accordingly, the material strength standards set by JSME have to be extended from 300,000 to 500,000 hours but this extension requires more precise estimation of creep rupture strength and creep strain of the materials in the long term. This paper describes the development of creep property equations of 316FR stainless steel and Mod.9Cr-1Mo steel considering changes in creep mechanisms at high temperatures in the long term based on evaluations of long-term creep properties of the materials. The creep property equations developed in this study will provide more precise estimation of the creep properties in the long term than the present creep property equations of JSME.

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Creep deformation analysis of a pipe specimen based on creep damage evaluation method

Katsuyama, Jinya; Yamaguchi, Yoshihito; Li, Y.

Proceedings of 26th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-26) (Internet), 6 Pages, 2018/07

It has become more important to develop methods for evaluating failure behavior of the nuclear components under severe conditions. We are researching on prediction methods of creep deformation and failure behavior of the nuclear components under elevated temperature conditions based on finite element analysis. In this study, as a part of a project called COSSAL, we performed failure analysis of a large scale pipe experiment to validate our prediction methods based on a creep damage evaluation method. We conclude that creep constitutive law that consider material damage can provide the highest accurate analysis.

JAEA Reports

Study on crystalline rock aiming at evaluation method of long-term behavior of rock mass (Joint research)

Fukui, Katsunori*; Hashiba, Kimihiro*; Matsui, Hiroya

JAEA-Research 2017-010, 61 Pages, 2017/11


JAEA has started this study as a collaboration study with Tokyo University from 2016. In the fiscal year of 2016, creep testing on Tage tuff was continuously conducted. Existing theory of rate process and stochastic process was modified to be applied to evaluate effects of water, and then the modified theory was validated based on the results of strength and creep tests performed under dry and wet conditions. Furthermore, effects of water contents on stress-strain curves were examined by uniaxial compression testing under various water content conditions.

JAEA Reports

Cladding tube burst experiment assumed MA fuel pin for transmutation physics experimental facility

Sugawara, Takanori; Tsujimoto, Kazufumi

JAEA-Research 2017-011, 35 Pages, 2017/10


The construction of Transmutation Physics Experimental Facility (TEF-P) is planned in the J-PARC project. TEF-P is a critical assembly and it will treat minor actinide (MA) fuel in the experiment. The temperature when the air cooling for the TEF-P core would stop was estimated but there were no data to evaluate the soundness of the MA fuel pin. To set a tentative limit temperature for the TEF-P core, cladding tube burst experiment was performed. As the result, the cladding tube burst occurred at 660$$^{circ}$$C as the severest case. Through these results and the estimation of creep rupture time, the tentative limit temperature for the TEF-P core was set to 600$$^{circ}$$C.

JAEA Reports

Study on crystalline rock aiming at evaluation method of long-term behavior of rock mass; FY2015 (Contract research)

Fukui, Katsunori*; Hashiba, Kimihiro*; Matsui, Hiroya; Kuwabara, Kazumichi; Ozaki, Yusuke

JAEA-Research 2016-014, 52 Pages, 2016/09


With respect to high-level radioactive waste disposal, knowledge of the long-term mechanical stability of shafts and galleries excavated in rock is required, not only during construction and operation but also over a period of thousands of years after closure. On the other hand, it is known that rock and the rock mass surrounding the disposal gallery shows time dependent behavior such as creep or the stress-relaxation. It becomes the issue in the stability evaluation of the disposal gallery to grasp the behavior. In order to solve this issue, we pushed forward research development. we pushed forward research development. In the fiscal year of 2015, the creep testing machine for Tage tuff was moved to the new building. The creep test was continuously conducted and the total testing time exceeded 17 years. The testing equipment and procedure were examined to investigate the deformation, failure and time-dependency of rock under wet conditions and between room temperature and 100$$^{circ}$$C. The long-term strength of rock under triaxle stress state was researched with the aid of laboratory testing results and in situ stress measurement.

Journal Articles

Creep-fatigue tests of double-end notched bar made of Mod.9Cr-1Mo steel

Shimomura, Kenta; Kato, Shoichi; Wakai, Takashi; Ando, Masanori; Hirose, Yuichi*; Sato, Kenichiro*

Proceedings of 23rd International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE-23) (DVD-ROM), 9 Pages, 2015/05

This paper describes experimental and analytical works to confirm that the design standard for SFR components sufficiently covers possible failure mechanisms. Creep-fatigue damage evaluation method in JSME design standard for SFR components has been constructed based on experiments and/or numerical analyses of conventional austenitic stainless steels, such as 304SS. Since the material characteristics of Mod.9Cr-1Mo steel are substantially different from those of austenitic stainless steels, it is required to verify the applicability of the design standards to the SFR components made of Mod.9Cr-1Mo steel. A series of uni-axial creep-fatigue tests were conducted using double-ended notch bar specimens made of Mod.9Cr-1Mo steel under displacement controlled condition with 30 minute holding. The curvature radii of the specimens were 1.6mm, 11.2mm and 40.0mm. The specimen having 1.6mm notch and 11.2mm notch failed from outer surface but the specimen having 40.0mm notch showed obvious internal crack nucleation. In addition, though total duration time of the creep-fatigue test was only 2,000 hours, a lot of creep voids and inter granular crack growth were observed. To clarify the cause of such peculiar failure, some additional experiments were performed, as well as some numerical analyses. We could point out that such a peculiar failure aspect might result from corresponding stress distribution in the cross section. As a result of a series of investigations, possible causes of such peculiar failure could be narrowed down. A future investigation plan was proposed to clarify the most significant cause.

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Analysis on lift-off experiment in Halden reactor by FEMAXI-6 code

Suzuki, Motoe; Kusagaya, Kazuyuki*; Saito, Hiroaki*; Fuketa, Toyoshi

Journal of Nuclear Materials, 335(3), p.417 - 424, 2004/12

 Times Cited Count:5 Percentile:36.97(Materials Science, Multidisciplinary)

Experimental analysis was conducted on the Lift-Off experiment IFA-610.1 in Halden reactor by the FEMAXI-6 code using the detailed measured conditions of test-irradiation. Calculated fuel center temperatures on the two assumptions, i.e., (1) an enhanced thermal conductance across the pellet-clad bonding layer is maintained during the cladding creep-out by over-pressurization, and (2) the bonding layer is broken by the cladding creep-out, were compared with the measured data to analyze the effect of the creep-out by over-pressure inside the test pin. The measured center temperature rise was higher by a few tens of K than the prediction performed on the assumption (1), though this difference was much smaller than the predicted rise on the assumption (2). Therefore, it is appropriate to attribute the measured center temperature rise to the decrease of effective thermal conductance by irregular re-location of pellet fragments, etc. which was caused by cladding creep-out.

Journal Articles

Damage evaluation techniques for FBR and LWR structural materials based on magnetic and corrosion properties along grain boundaries

Hoshiya, Taiji*; Takaya, Shigeru*; Ueno, Fumiyoshi; Nemoto, Yoshiyuki; Nagae, Yuji*; Miwa, Yukio; Abe, Yasuhiro*; Omi, Masao; Tsukada, Takashi; Aoto, Kazumi*

Transactions of the Materials Research Society of Japan, 29(4), p.1687 - 1690, 2004/06

JAERI and JNC have begun the cooperative research of evaluation techniques of structural material degradation in FBR and LWR, which based on magnetic and corrosion properties along grain boundaries. Magnetic method has been proposed as the one of the non-destructive detection techniques on the early stage of creep-damage before crack initiation for aged structural materials of FBRs. The effects of applied stress on natural magnetization were investigated on paramagnetic stainless steels having creep-damages. On the other hand, corrosion properties and magneto-optical characteristics of ion-irradiated stainless steels in the vicinity of grain boundaries were estimated by AFM and Kerr effect microscope, respectively. These degradations were induced by changes in characteristics in the vicinity of grain boundaries. It is found that the initial level of progressing process of damage can detect changes in magnetic and corrosion properties along grain boundaries of aged and degraded nuclear plants structural materials.

Journal Articles

Creep behavior and microstructure for two-dimensional C/C composite

Shibata, Taiju; Baba, Shinichi; Yamaji, Masatoshi*; Sumita, Junya; Ishihara, Masahiro

Nihon Kikai Gakkai M&M 2004 Zairyo Rikigaku Kanfarensu Koen Rombunshu, p.407 - 408, 2004/00

no abstracts in English

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Analysis of pressure- and temperature- induced steam generator tube rupture during PWR severe accident initiated from station blackout

Hidaka, Akihide; Maruyama, Yu; Nakamura, Hideo

Proceedings of 6th International Topical Meeting on Nuclear Reactor Thermal Hydraulics, Operations and Safety (NUTHOS-6) (CD-ROM), 15 Pages, 2004/00

Severe accident studies showed that Direct Containment Heating issue was resolved for PWRs because a creep rupture at pressurizer surge line would occur prior to the melt-through of Reactor Pressure Vessel during station blackout (TMLB'). However, it was recently concerned that, if the secondary system is depressurized during TMLB', the creep rupture at SG U-tubes would occur earlier than the surge line. This pressure- and temperature-induced SG U-tube rupture (PTI-SGTR) is not preferable because of the increase in offsite consequences. The SCDAP/RELAP5 analyses by USNRC showed that the surge line would fail earlier than the U-tubes. However, the analyses used a coarse nodilization for steam mixing at the SG inlet plenum that could affect the temperature of U-tubes. To investigate the effect of steam mixing, an analysis was performed with MELCOR1.8.4. The analysis showed that the surge line would fail earliest during TMLB' while the U-tubes could fail earliest during TMLB' with secondary system depressurization. Further investigation is needed for occurrence conditions of PTI-SGTR.

Journal Articles

Assessment of irradiation temperature stability of the first irradiation testi rig in the HTTR

Shibata, Taiju; Kikuchi, Takayuki; Miyamoto, Satoshi*; Ogura, Kazutomo*

Nuclear Engineering and Design, 223(2), p.133 - 143, 2003/08

 Times Cited Count:1 Percentile:11.39(Nuclear Science & Technology)

The High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) can provide very large spaces at high temperatures for irradiation tests. The I-I type irradiation equipment was developed as the first irradiation rig. It will be served for an in-pile creep test on a stainless steel with large standard size specimens. It uses the ambient high temperature of the core for the irradiation temperature control. The target irradiation temperatures are 550 and 600$$^{circ}$$C with the target temperature deviation of $$pm$$3$$^{circ}$$C. In this study, the irradiation temperature changes at transient conditions were analyzed by an FEM code and the temperature controllability of the equipment was examined by a mockup test. The controllability was evaluated with the measured temperature transient data at the core graphite components in the Rise-to-Power tests of the HTTR. The result indicates that the temperature control method of the equipment is effective to keep the irradiation temperature stable in the irradiation test.

Journal Articles

Dosimetry plan at the first irradiation test in the HTTR

Shibata, Taiju; Kikuchi, Takayuki; Shimakawa, Satoshi

Reactor Dosimetry in the 21st Century, p.211 - 218, 2003/00

The High Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR) is the first HTGR in Japan with a maximum power of 30 MW. The construction of it was completed successfully in March 2002. The HTTR aims to perform irradiation studies at its very wide irradiation spaces at high temperatures. Although the creep behavior of materials is measured by the large standard size specimens at out-of-pile, small size ones are generally used for in-pile creep tests because of the irradiation capability of reactors. The I-I type irradiation equipment, the first rig for the HTTR, is to be used for the in-pile creep test on a stainless steel with the standard specimens. The rig can give big tensile loads of about 9.8 kN on them. The temperatures of 550 and 600$$^{circ}$$C and the fast neutron fluence of 1.2$$times$$10$$^{23}$$n/m$$^{2}$$ are the targets of the test. Prior to the in-pile creep test, the in-core irradiation properties at the irradiation region are to be obtained by the rig as the first irradiation test. This paper describes the dosimetry plan at the first irradiation test and the subsequent data assessment procedure.

JAEA Reports

Development of irradiation rig in HTTR and dosimetry method; I-I type irradiation equipment

Shibata, Taiju; Kikuchi, Takayuki; Miyamoto, Satoshi*; Ogura, Kazutomo*

JAERI-Tech 2002-097, 19 Pages, 2002/12


The HTTR aims to establish and upgrade the technological basis for the HTGRs and to perform the innovative basic research on high temperature engineering. The HTTR is planned to be used to perform various tests such as, the safety demonstration test, high temperature test operation and irradiation test with large irradiation fields at high temperatures. This paper describes the design of the I-I type irradiation equipment, developed as the first rig for the HTTR, and does the planned dosimetry method at the first irradiation test. It was developed to perform in-pile creep test on a stainless steel with large standard size specimens. It can give great loads on the specimens stably and can control the irradiation temperature precisely. The in-core data are measured by differential transformers, thermocouples, SPNDs and neutron fluence monitors. The obtained data at the first test can be contributed to upgrade the technological basis for the HTGRs, since it is the first direct measurement of the in-core irradiation environments.

JAEA Reports

Structural integrity assessment of intermediate heat exchanger in the HTTR based on results of rise-to-power test

Takeda, Takeshi; Tachibana, Yukio; Nakagawa, Shigeaki

JAERI-Tech 2002-091, 45 Pages, 2002/12


no abstracts in English

JAEA Reports

Production of pressurized cladding tube specimen for neutron irradiation

Isozaki, Futoshi*; Kikuchi, Taiji; Ioka, Ikuo; Ishikawa, Kazuyoshi; Hirata, Yuji*

JAERI-Tech 2002-074, 22 Pages, 2002/09


The pressurized tube specimens which enclosed high pressure inert gas were produced for the irradiation creep test. The pressurized tube specimen with 7mm outer diameter and 0.5mm wall thickness must be sealed by the welding, after the helium gas was impressed in the inside of tube. In this process, there was a technical problem of welding under high pressure, and it is difficult to seal the pressurized tube specimen in the present facility of our group. The production process was examined by taking shortening in production period and reduction in the cost into consideration. The sealing technology to enclose the helium gas up to 5.5MPa was established by new technique using the present facility and the mock-up test. And, it is necessary to measure the outer diameter of the pressurized tube specimen with high accuracy in order to predict irradiation creep deformation arising from neutron radiation and internal pressure. Therefore, the method for measuring at the 0.01mm measurement accuracy was established, which combined laser measuring instrument with the lathe.

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