Since several defects caused by PWSCC (Primary Water Stress Corrosion Cracking) have been observed at the piping system of nuclear power plants, during the last two decades, lots of analytical and experimental researches have been performed to find out the relationship between the residual stress and PWSCC initiations. The present research deals with prediction of the residual stress at welding parts of CRDM (Control Rod Drive Mechanism). Especially, numerical investigations are carried out to support relevant experimental set-up because it is not easy to prepare large-sized mock-ups comparable to real geometry. First, preliminary examination was performed to establish an optimized welding process simulation procedure to accurately predict weld residual stresses. Then, detailed parametric FE analyses were carried out to examine effects of varying geometries and experimental conditions. Key findings were obtained from the FE analyses, which were used for finalizing the configuration of mock-up, are fully discussed in this manuscript.

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