FRACTESUS Project: Final Selection of RPV Materials for Unirradiated and Irradiated Round Robins

Tomasz Brynk, Inge Uytdenhouwen, Radim Kopriva, Pentti Arffman, Florian Obermeier, Eberhard Altstadt, Marta Serrano

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The H2020 FRACTESUS project is aimed at the validation of miniaturized compact tension (MCT) specimen. More specifically the usage of the MCT with the Master Curve (MC) oriented fracture toughness testing of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) materials in hot cell conditions will be examined. In the first stage of the project, a general strategy of material selection and testing processes has been established. The choice of the selected RPV materials is based on the widest possible range of mechanical properties expected for baseline materials, but also resulting from their exposure to neutron irradiation, in terms of different MC reference temperature T0, and properties determined from Charpy impact testing. Moreover, in order to validate the use of the MCT in a broad application space, it was decided to perform FT tests for both base metals and welds. The largest challenge was related to the availability of those materials. They need to be tested in numerous, planned round robin exercises. They should have already an existing extensive database of fracture toughness results obtained using large specimens. The final version of the test matrix was prepared, keeping all those requirements in mind. An irradiated round robin exercise is planned for one type of weld material, namely 73W, that will be tested by seven partners. Additionally, the FRACTESUS partners were divided into smaller groups with 3-5 participants who will test a sub-selection of unirradiated materials in six round robin exercises. This paper presents the summary of the material selection activities in the FRACTESUS project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2022 Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7918-8614-4
Publication statusPublished - 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


  • fracture toughness
  • master curve
  • miniature compact tension
  • reactor pressure vessel


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