Abstract

The challenge of using existing ASME Section III, Division 5, Class A metallic materials for the construction of structural components of advanced reactors with corrosive coolants could be mitigated by allowing designers to use cladding to protect the base materials from corrosion. However, the existing Section III, Division 5 rules provide no guidance on the evaluation of strain accumulation and creep-fatigue damage in cladded components. The availability of design rules for cladded components that do not require long-term clad materials testing could promote the application of the cladding approach to accelerate the deployment schedule of these advanced reactor systems. To avoid long-term properties for the clad materials Part 1 of this work proposes two approximate design analysis methods for two types of clad materials - soft clads that creep much faster and have lower yield stress than the Class A base material, and hard clads that creep much slower and have higher yield stress than the Class A base material. The proposed analysis methods approximate the response of a soft clad by treating it as perfectly compliant and of a hard clad by treating it as linear elastic. Based on these approximate design analysis strategies this Part 2 develops a complete set of design rules for Class A components cladded with either soft or hard clad materials. Part 2 discusses the reasoning behind the proposed design rules and uses example finite element analyses of representative reactor components to illustrate the use of these design methods.

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