High-Temperature Water Effects on the Fracture Behaviour of Low-Alloy RPV Steels

Zaiqing Que, H.-P. Seifert, Philippe Spätig, S. Ritter, G. S. Rao

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The structural integrity of the reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of light water reactors (LWR) is of utmost importance regarding the safety of operation and service lifetime. The fracture behaviour of low-alloy RPV steels with different microstructures (base metal, simulated weld coarse grain heat-affected zone) in simulated LWR environments was evaluated by elastic plastic fracture mechanics (EPFM) tests with different strain rates and by metallo- and fractographic post-test evaluations. These tests revealed some evidence of possible high-temperature water effects on the fracture behaviour and potential synergy with environmentally-assisted cracking and dynamic strain aging.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEurocorr 2016 proceedings
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event European Corrosion Congress, Eurocorr 2016 - Montpellier, France
Duration: 11 Sept 201615 Sept 2016


Conference European Corrosion Congress, Eurocorr 2016
Abbreviated titleEurocorr 2016


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