BRUTE: Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of True Reactor Pressure Vessel Material From Barsebäck 2

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Project BRUTE has investigated weld materials extracted from the decommissioned Barseback 2 reactor pressure vessel. The materials investigated originate from the pressure vessel head (RPVH) and beltline regions. The performed mechanical testing include tensile, Charpy impact and fracture toughness testing. Tensile testing with miniature specimens demonstrates a difference of over 50 MPa in the yield and ultimate tensile strengths of the RPVH and beltline materials. Beltline specimens tested at the operating temperature exhibit discontinuity past the yield region, possibly indicating dynamic strain aging. Charpy impact tests were performed around the transition region of the material. Transition curves were fitted, and reference temperatures T28J of-85 C and-106 C were determined for RPVH and beltline materials, respectively. This indicates better material properties at beltline compared to the RPVH, in agreement with tensile results. The reference temperatures T28J were further utilized to estimate brittle fracture initiation toughness reference temperatures T0. Fracture toughness testing follows the Master Curve methodology defined in ASTM standard E1921. Reference temperatures T0 were determined at-115.1 C and-101.1 C for the RPVH and beltline, respectively, but the tests indicate inhomogeneity in both materials. The mean reference temperatures of the multimodal models TM were determined at-110.0 C and-96.5 C, and the associated, margin adjusted lower confidence bounds TM5%, MA at-13.3 C and-53.0 C for the RPVH and beltline materials, respectively. The latter values indicate that the inhomogeneity is more extensive in the RPVH. The estimates obtained from the Charpy impact toughness results do not correlate consistently with the fracture toughnessbased transition temperature, possibly due to the inhomogeneity of the materials. The results show that the safety of the materials can be assessed reliably, provided that contemporary methods, equipment and analyses are used.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2022 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
Subtitle of host publicationMaterials and Fabrication
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7918-8617-5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventASME 2022 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, PVP 2022 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 17 Jul 202222 Jul 2022


ConferenceASME 2022 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, PVP 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas


  • ageing
  • fracture
  • reactor
  • nuclear
  • pressure vessel
  • weld
  • structural integrity
  • Reactor/Nuclear
  • Ageing
  • Fracture
  • Pressure Vessel
  • Weld
  • Structural Integrity


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