Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) is one of the major concerns for aged nuclear reactors. SCC-susceptible materials have been employed in a wide variety of applications in the nuclear industry. Laser Peening (LP) is a method for the SCC mitigation that eliminates surface tensile stress using impulsive effect of high-pressure plasma induced by irradiation with high-power laser pulses in the water. To apply LP to nuclear reactor internals, Toshiba has developed a new process which needs no protective coating on the materials and optimizes the conditions for the laser irradiation. Its effects for stress improvement and SCC-mitigation of laser-peened materials were confirmed through SCC tests for austenitic stainless steels and nickel-based alloys. Also integrity of the laser-peened materials was confirmed through various examinations. Toshiba developed the LP system for the core shroud and the reactor bottom part of BWRs, and has been applying it to actual Japanese nuclear reactors since 1999. For PWRs, Toshiba developed the system for Bottom-Mounted Instrumentation (BMI) nozzles and other Reactor Vessel (RV) nozzles, and has been applying it to Japanese PWRs since 2004. So far Toshiba has already completed LP operations for 2 PWR plants and 8 BWR plants in Japan. In consideration of extending the LP system to BWRs and PWRs overseas, a portable LP system equipped with a small size laser oscillator has been developed. We confirm the possibility that the portable LP system makes the outage period shorter.

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