This study was aimed at investigating the role of crack initiation and growth rate on the fatigue life reduction by environmental effect. First, crack length and the number of cracks were observed on the inner surface of specimens after fatigue test in PWR environment and air. Next, incubation time was deduced by inverse analysis. Third, statistical crack initiation and growth behavior was simulated by a Monte Carlo model. The influence of multiple crack interaction and coalescence to the fatigue life were discussed. It was revealed that environmental effect enhanced crack initiation and accelerated crack growth. Moreover, coalescence of cracks was estimated to influence fatigue life of 316 stainless steel in PWR environment.
Influence of PWR Environment on Fatigue Crack Initiation and Growth of Type 316 Stainless Steel
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Fujikawa, R, Abe, S, Nakamura, T, & Kamaya, M. "Influence of PWR Environment on Fatigue Crack Initiation and Growth of Type 316 Stainless Steel." Proceedings of the ASME 2015 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Volume 1A: Codes and Standards. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. July 19–23, 2015. V01AT01A040. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2015-45812
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