Many accidents have occurred in nuclear power plants due to the intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) in the heat affected zone (HAZ) of welded joint of the core shroud of boiling water reactors (BWRs) in past years. The IGSCC is considered to be caused by the synergistic roles of corrosion environment, neutron irradiation and the welding residual stress. After several decades, the degradation of Type 316L low carbon stainless steel used in the core shroud occurs due to the neutron irradiation and thermal cycles. The degradation can be referred to the irradiation hardening, segregation of the local chemical composition at grain boundaries and swelling. The synergistic effects of those eventually lead to the initiation and propagation of the irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) in core shroud for long operation. The HAZ of the girth seams H6a in the core shroud are sensitive to the stress corrosion cracking. We are focusing on the weld residual stress field around the girth seam H6a in the core shroud as weld. The analysis work adopted different approaches in ABAQUS to simulate the weld residual stress, and they are Static General Analysis (SGA) and Fully Coupled Temperature-Displacement Analysis (FCTDA) respectively. The former is much simple to finish the progress while cannot obtain much accurate results at the boundaries of beads due to the discontinuous temperature field in the model. The later analysis gave the much accurate results comparing with the experimental results. The axial stress field in the crossing section of the wall of the core shroud was also clarified.
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Study of Weld Residual Stress Field in the Girth Seam H6A of Core Shroud of Boiling Water Reactor
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Li, Y, Kaji, Y, & Igarashi, T. "Study of Weld Residual Stress Field in the Girth Seam H6A of Core Shroud of Boiling Water Reactor." Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering. 18th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering: Volume 5. Xi’an, China. May 17–21, 2010. pp. 97-102. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ICONE18-29269
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