Weibull Stress Analysis for an Embedded Crack in Reactor Pressure Vessels under Pressurized Thermal Shock

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This paper describes the Weibull stress approach in predicting the cumulative probability of cleavage fracture for an axially embedded crack in the wall of a reactor pressure vessel (RPV) subjected to a thermal-mechanical transient typical for an accidental, pressurized thermal shock (PTS) event. This study demonstrates the need for detailed elastic-plastic analyses in the integrity assessment of RPVs under PTS loadings, and proposes both a simplified approach and a refined approach to assess the probability of fracture for RPVs subjected to such events.

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Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 385-387)

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H.S. Lee, I.S. Yoon and M.H. Aliabadi

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773-776

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10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.385-387.773

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X. D. Qian and R. H. Dodds Jr., "Weibull Stress Analysis for an Embedded Crack in Reactor Pressure Vessels under Pressurized Thermal Shock", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 385-387, pp. 773-776, 2008

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July 2008

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[2] [0] [10] [6] [8] [4] m = 10 m = 15 m = 18 m = 20 -1. 0 -0. 5 1. 0 0. 5 0 2. 0.

1. 0 1. 5 0. 5 t = 0 t = 10 min t = 18 min m = 20 t (minutes) 2φ/π Pf (%) σw /σys (a).

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t (minutes) σw /σys.

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[30] 20 40 t (minutes) Pf (%) (b) t = 18 min m = 10 m = 15 m = 18 m = 20 m = 10 m = 15 m = 18 m = 20.

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