Fracture Toughness with Thermal Aging in CF8M/SA508 Welds
In a primary reactor cooling system, a dissimilar weld zone exists between cast stainless steel (CF8M) in a pipe and low-alloy steel (SA508 cl.3) in a nozzle. Thermal aging is observed in CF8M as the RCS is exposed for a long period of time to a reactor operating temperature between 290 and 330, while no effect is observed in SA508 cl.3. The aged specimens are prepared by an artificially accelerated aging technique maintained for 300, 1800 and 3600 hrs at 430, respectively. The specimens for elastic-plastic fracture toughness tests are prepared two types, which notch is created in the center of deposited zone and the heat affected zone of CF8M. From the experiments, the plastic-elastic fracture toughness values (JIC) with the increase of aging time decrease as the notch is created in the HAZ of CF8M, while that is different slightly as the notch is created in the deposited zone. Also, JIC values in the deposited zones are smaller than the HAZ of CF8M at all aged specimens.
Seung-Seok Lee, Joon Hyun Lee, Ik Keun Park, Sung-Jin Song, Man Yong Choi
S. W. Woo et al., "Fracture Toughness with Thermal Aging in CF8M/SA508 Welds", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 321-323, pp. 570-573, 2006