Using Subsize Impact Bend Specimens for Estimation of Irradiation and Re-Irradiation Embrittlement of VVER RPV Steels

    Volume 5, Issue 3 (March 2008)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 27 March 2008

    Page Count: 11


    Nikolaev, Yu. A.
    Lab Head and Senior Research Scientist, Russian Research Center “Kurchatov Institute,” IRMT, Moscow

    Nikolaeva, A. V.
    Lab Head and Senior Research Scientist, Russian Research Center “Kurchatov Institute,” IRMT, Moscow

    (Received 12 January 2007; accepted 2 February 2008)

    Abstract

    Results of impact bend tests of subsize Charpy V-notch-type (CVN) specimens are used in Russia for monitoring both re-irradiation embrittlement of the first generation of VVER-440 (including VVER-440/179 and VVER-440/230, i.e., projects B-179 and B-230) reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steels and irradiation embrittlement of VVER-440/213 RPV steels. For the first generation of VVER-440 RPVs, no surveillance program was foreseen and only subsize specimens (5 by 5 by 27.5 mm and 3 by 4 by 27 mm) can be manufactured from samples taken from the inner surface of the RPV for radiation embrittlement monitoring. For VVER-440/213 RPVs, 80 % of the surveillance specimens are irradiated with a lead factor greater than 20. Only four specimens of base metal and four specimen halves of weld seam material are irradiated with a lead factor less than 3. Taking into account that full-size (10 by 10 by 55 mm) CVN specimens were used in surveillance programs, using subsize specimens enables to solve the flux effect problem for VVER-440/213 RPV beltline materials and ensure representativity of surveillance programs. Application of subsize specimens for the estimation of radiation embrittlement requires developing a correlation between transition temperature values evaluated using test results of standard (full-size) and subsize CVN specimens. Such a correlation is discussed.


    Paper ID: JAI100999

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI100999

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    Title Using Subsize Impact Bend Specimens for Estimation of Irradiation and Re-Irradiation Embrittlement of VVER RPV Steels
    Symposium Fifth Symposium on Small Specimen Test Techniques, 2007-02-01
    Committee E10