Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization (JNES) has been carrying out the research program entitled “Nondestructive Inspection Technologies for the Cast Stainless Steel Piping” since 2009FY to comprehend the unique ultrasonic wave propagation in the Cast Austenitic Stainless Steel (CASS) and to confirm detection and sizing capability for cracks in the material by currently available ultrasonic testing techniques. The research is also intended to provide inspection staff with the fundamental information of ultrasonic wave propagation in CASS, for educational purpose.

In this research program, specimens whose material, size, dimension and welding method are identical to the main coolant piping system in Japanese pressurized water reactors (PWRs) are examined. Results from the study on the capability for inspection of CASS and the unique wave propagation phenomena such as beam skewing are discussed in this paper.

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