A statistical model for austenitic stainless steels (SSs) for predicting the effect of boiling water reactor (BWR) environments on fatigue life for a range of temperatures and strain rates is developed based on the analysis of available material data from Europe, U.S., and Japan. Only fatigue data from polished specimens of wrought material tested under strain control were considered. Hollow specimens were not treated in the final calculations. The fatigue-life correction factors were defined as the ratio of life in water at 240 °C (464 °F) (reference conditions) to that in water at service conditions. The model is recommended for predicting fatigue lives that are 102–104 cycles.
Effects of Boiling Water Reactor Medium on the Fatigue Life of Austenitic Stainless Steels
Contributed by the Pressure Vessel and Piping Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSEL TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received August 19, 2015; final manuscript received January 20, 2016; published online February 22, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Haofeng Chen.
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Wilhelm, P., Steinmann, P., and Rudolph, J. (February 22, 2016). "Effects of Boiling Water Reactor Medium on the Fatigue Life of Austenitic Stainless Steels." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. June 2016; 138(3): 031406. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4032651
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