Over the past decade, many generation III pressurized water reactor power plants have been under construction in China. Most reactor pressure vessel steels for these plants construction are homemade. Historically, Charpy V-notch specimens are predominantly used to monitor the toughness of RPV steels. However, fracture toughness provides the quantitative predictions of the critical crack size and the allowable stress in structural integrity assessment. This paper evaluates the fracture toughness properties of China manufactured RPV steels directly measured in transition temperature range by using master curve method. Some specimens were irradiated in the High Flux Engineering Test Reactor. The influences of loading rate, test temperature, specimen configuration and neutron irradiation on T0 were also investigated. The experimental results show that China manufactured RPV steels exhibit good fracture toughness properties.

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