Fatigue crack growth tests were conducted with 1 in. (25.4 mm) plate specimens of SA508-CL2 steel in room temperature air, 550 deg F (288 deg C) air and in a 550 deg F (288 deg C), high purity, water environment. Zero-tension load controlled tests were run at cyclic frequencies as low as 0.037 CPM. Results show that growth rates in the simulated Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) water environment are 4 to 8 times faster than growth rates observed in 550 deg F (288 deg C) air and these rates are 8 to 15 times faster than the room temperature rate. In the BWR water environment, lowering the cyclic frequency from 0.37 CPM to 0.037 CPM caused only a slight increase in the fatigue crack growth rate. All growth rates measured in these tests were below the upper bound design curve presented in Section XI of the ASME Code.

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