High temperature nuclear reactors plan to use highly corrosive coolant such as molten salts, molten lead, and lead-bismuth eutectic mixtures. The existing Class A metallic materials qualified in the ASME Section III, Division 5 rules for high temperature nuclear reactors are not ideal for resisting corrosion when exposed to these coolants. One option to overcome this limitation would be to Code-qualify new corrosion-resistant materials for Class A service, however this process is long and expensive and requires long-term creep test data. A near-term alternative would be to allow designers to clad the existing Class A base materials with non-qualified corrosion-resistant materials. However, there are currently no ASME design rules for cladded components to guard against creepfatigue failure and ratcheting strain accumulation in elevated temperature nuclear service. This work addresses this deficiency by proposing a design strategy for cladded components that does not require long-term testing of clad materials. The proposed approach relies on approximate design analysis methods for two types of clad materials — soft clad that creeps faster than the base material and hard clad that creeps slower and has higher yield stress than the base material. The proposed approach treats a soft clad material as perfectly compliant and a hard clad material as linear elastic. Sample finite element analyses of representative high temperature reactor components are performed to verify the approach. At the end, a complete set of design rules is provided for each of the two types of cladded components.

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