Predictions of fracture toughness for weld material when adopting a novel particle failure criterion and a measured experimental particle distribution

Peter James, Mike Ford, Andrey P. Jivkov

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    Abstract

    It is important for safety case justification of the continued use of nuclear power plant that any changes in the ferritic RPV steels' fracture toughness with temperature, irradiation and geometry can be accounted for, particularly with regards to plant life extension. It has been demonstrated that local approach methods have the potential to provide such estimates by assessing the likelihood of cleavage rupture. Here a micro-structurally informed, post-processing, local approach methodology with a new rupture criterion is presented. This has been applied to a base and weld material pair, made available under the EU FP7 PERFORM 60 Programme. This material has been selected as tensile and fracture data are available along with results of recently performed analyses to characterise and quantify the size distribution of fracture initiators for the weld material (predominantly found to be alumino-silicates) which is used as an input to the model. A series of finite element analyses have been performed for two-dimensional three-point bend specimens over a range of temperatures, constraint and irradiation states. Application of the local approach model to these results have then been favourably compared to the experimentally determined toughness. This has been achieved for a range of conditions when using the experimentally determined initiator particle distribution and maintaining the same calibration terms throughout for each material. Copyright © 2013 by ASME.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pressure Vessels and Piping Division (Publication) PVP|ASME Pressure Vessels Piping Div. Publ. PVP
    Place of PublicationParis
    PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
    Volume6
    ISBN (Print)9780791855706
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventASME 2013 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, PVP 2013 - Paris, France
    Duration: 14 Jul 201318 Jul 2013

    Conference

    ConferenceASME 2013 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, PVP 2013
    Country/TerritoryFrance
    CityParis
    Period14/07/1318/07/13

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