Accumulative test data indicate that the effects of the light water reactor (LWR) environment could cause the fatigue resistance of primary pressure boundary components materials to be significantly reduced. Environmentally assisted fatigue (EAF) is the abbreviation of the environmentally assisted fatigue. In 2007, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued RG. 1.207. It was updated in 2014. And, it requires that the effects of LWR environment on the fatigue life reduction of metal components should be considered for new design plants. And it suggests to use environmental correction factor, Fen, to account for EAF. NRC regulation (NUREG), NUREG/CR-6909 (NRC, 2013, “Effect of LWR Coolant Environments on the Fatigue Life of Reactor Materials,” U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Argonne, IL, Standard no. NUREG/CR-6909), presents the detail Fen calculation formula. Fen is a function of temperature, strain rate, dissolved oxygen level in water, and sulfur content of the steel. Accordingly, Fen calculation will present a comparatively conservative result. Depending on the experience of the primary pressure boundary piping transient operation, Fen varies during each transient. More uncertainty and confusion are raised during the application of the Fen method. The research work in this paper includes: first, the typical character of piping thermal transient is derived based on the existing experience. Second, small specimen EAF tests are conducted depending on the above derived combined loading characters. Then effort is taken to improve the application of the Fen method for the combined multitransient loading conditions. And the results are compared with those of the lowest instantaneous Fen method and equalization of the weighted Fen method. Finally, a designed test plan is presented.
Research on the Application of Fen for Environmentally Assisted Fatigue Evaluation of the Austenitic SS Pipe Under Combined Transient Loads
Manuscript received October 30, 2017; final manuscript received April 22, 2018; published online September 10, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Wenyue Zheng.
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Liang, B., Zhang, X., Yin, H., and Dai, Y. (September 10, 2018). "Research on the Application of Fen for Environmentally Assisted Fatigue Evaluation of the Austenitic SS Pipe Under Combined Transient Loads." ASME. ASME J of Nuclear Rad Sci. October 2018; 4(4): 041009. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4040368
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