It has been reported that stress corrosion cracking damaged in-core monitor housing (ICM Housing), which occurred in a weld heat-affected zone because of the existence of residual stress. So it is important to evaluate crack growth behavior with high accuracy. In this study, crack growth behavior in ICM Housing is estimated using S-version FEM (S-FEM), which allows generation of the core finite model and the detailed mesh representing the crack independently. At first, axial, slant and circumferential surface cracks are assumed at two locations where residual stress fields are different from each other. One is isotropic residual stress field, and the other is circumferential residual stress field. It is shown that crack growth behaviors are different under different residual stress fields. Next, the effect of the slit, which exists between the ICM Housing and the Pressure Vessel is evaluated. It is shown that the existences of the slit increases stress intensity factors of growing surface crack. Finally S-FEM results are compared with those of the Influence Function Method (IFM), which assumes that an elliptical crack shape exists in a plate. It is shown that IFM result is conservative comparing to that of S-FEM.
Simulation of Stress Corrosion Cracking in ICM Housing of Nuclear Power Plant
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Kikuchi, M, Wada, Y, Suga, K, Iwamatsu, F, & Shintaku, Y. "Simulation of Stress Corrosion Cracking in ICM Housing of Nuclear Power Plant." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Volume 1: Codes and Standards. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. July 15–19, 2012. pp. 361-368. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2012-78264
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