Environment sensitive cracking in pressure boundary materials of light water reactors

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Abstract

A review of the various forms of environment sensitive cracking in pressure boundary materials of light water reactors is presented. The available methods and the most promising future possibilities of preventive maintenance to counteract the environmental degradation are evaluated. Environment sensitive cracking is considered from the metallurgical, mechanical and environmental points of view. The main emphasis is on intergranular stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels and high strength Ni-base alloys as well as on corrosion fatigue of low alloy and stainless steels. Additionally, some general ideas on how to predict, reduce, monitor or eliminate environment sensitive cracking in service are presented.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-291
Number of pages39
JournalInternational Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping
Volume30
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1987
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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