STP1295: Development of Pressure Tubes with Service Life Greater Than 30 Years

    Coleman, CE
    Branch manager, division director, and scientist engineer, AECL, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario

    Cheadle, BA
    Branch manager, division director, and scientist engineer, AECL, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario

    Cann, CD
    Senior scientist engineer, AECL, Whiteshell Laboratories, Pinawa, Manitoba

    Theaker, JR
    Branch manager, division director, and scientist engineer, AECL, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario

    Pages: 15    Published: Jan 1996


    Abstract

    The steps required for the development of a Zr-2.5Nb pressure tube with a 30-year service life are outlined. The life-limiting factors of fracture and deformation are described, and progress towards closing the gap between the properties required to meet the target lifetime and the behavior of current materials is summarized. Fracture is avoided by eliminating hydrides at reactor operating temperatures, by controlling the initial hydrogen concentration and minimizing deuterium ingress from corrosion, and maintaining high toughness. Tube elongation has been reduced by microstructural modification, but transverse deformation remains a challenge.

    Keywords:

    Zr-2.5Nb, pressure tube, service life, delayed hydride cracking, fracture toughness, hydrogen, deformation


    Paper ID: STP16206S

    Committee/Subcommittee: B10.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP16206S


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