Abstract

The failure of stress corrosion fraction (SCF) will lead to the ejection of nuclear power plant related equipment, which will affect the safety and economy of nuclear power plant. In this paper, a SCF failure analysis method for primary coolant circuits materials was established based on Paris model, and the uncertainty of fracture toughness was transformed into an integral form to improve the calculation efficiency. Taking the weld of thermowell as an example, the probability of SCF failure was calculated, and the uncertainty was analyzed by Wilks’ method. The influences of simple random sampling (SRS), Latin hypercube sampling (LHS) and Halton low discrepancy sequence on the uncertainty quantification of the calculated results were studied. At the same time, a surrogate model was established based on polynomial chaos expansion (PCE) method to study whether this method was suitable for SCF probability calculation. The results show that Halton sequence with 1000 samples can make the mean and variance convergence of failure probability better than SRS and LHS. When calculating the upper limit of tolerance interval, the mean and median of results corresponding to LHS are similar to those of SRS, but the dispersion degree of LHS is lower than SRS, while the results corresponding to Halton sequence are smaller than those corresponding to SRS and LHS. The increase of Wilks’ order can reduce the conservatism. When the order is 4, both the computational efficiency and the computational accuracy are considered. The results of the surrogate model based on PCE are basically consistent with those of the original program, but the amount of calculation is greatly reduced. This method is suitable for SCF probability analysis.

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