This paper presents a new test method for assessing chloride induced stress corrosion cracking occurred in metal canisters used for storing spent nuclear fuels. The material applied to experiment is austenitic stainless steel, SS304 similarly used on manufacturing canisters and the experiment is carried out with immersing a compact tension specimen to chloride solution made up with artificial sea salt. Constant displacement condition using bolt tightening is applied to the test and a load is measured as a function of time using a load cell. Five specimens are used for the experiment at temperature of 50 °C for several months and stress intensity factor is calculated through the measured relaxed load and crack length on fractured surface of the specimen. Crack growth rate is presented in terms of test periods and consequently this apparatus suggests a method for evaluating structural integrity of chloride stress corrosion cracking.

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