The Charpy V-notch specimen is the most commonly used specimen geometry in reactor pressure vessel irradiation surveillance programs and there is an extensive stored inventory of irradiated broken Charpy specimens. The advantage of the mini-C(T) (4mm thick C(T)) specimen technique is that multiple specimens can be machined from each half of broken irradiated Charpy specimens. Fracture toughness specimens that can be machined from broken halves of standard Charpy specimens enable the direct measurement of fracture toughness which can be used for engineering evaluation of reactor pressure vessels. Work to validate the mini-C(T) specimens has been performed mostly on unirradiated reactor pressure vessel base and weld metals .
In this study, mini-C(T) specimens were tested providing fracture toughness characterization of an irradiated low upper-shelf Linde 80 weld (WF-70). This weld was utilized in the Midland beltline and has been previously well characterized at ORNL with various types and sizes of fracture toughness specimens. The mini-C(T) specimens were machined from broken previously tested Charpy V-notch size specimens which were irradiated in a material test reactor.
The effect of different methods of measuring the displacement on the results is assessed. The ASTM E1921 results are compared to previous test data produced from larger fracture toughness specimens. In addition, the sensitivity of T0 to the ASTM E1921 censoring value is discussed.