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    The Effect of Accelerated Irradiation on Fracture Behaviour


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    The initiation fracture toughness of C-Mn pressure vessel steel plate and submerged-arc weld material has been measured after accelerated irradiation to nominal doses of 5 × 1017 n·cm−2 and 5 × 1018 n·cm−2 at 180°C (E > lMeV). Although tensile and Charpy impact specimens exposed at the same time showed appreciable property changes, a minimal effect on initiation fracture toughness was observed. The results indicate that an existing correlation between initiation fracture toughness, yield strength and upper shelf Charpy impact energy proposed for high strength steels (Barsom and Rolfe, 1970) is applicable to the submerged-arc weld material. A new correlation is proposed for the plate material.


    accelerated irradiation, fracture toughness, mechanical properties, correlations, pressure vessel steel, weld material

    Author Information:

    Priest, RH
    Research Officer, Central Electricity Generating Board, Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories, Berkeley, Glos

    Charnock, W
    Research Officer, Central Electricity Generating Board, North Western Region, Scientific Services, Dept, Wythenshawe, Manchester,

    Stewart, AT
    Section Leader, Central Electricity Generating Board, South Western Region, Scientific Services Dept, Bedminster Down, Bristol, Avon,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E10.07

    DOI: 10.1520/STP34361S