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    Recent Surveillance Data and a Revised Embrittlement Correlation

    Published: 01 January 2006

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    The mechanistically-guided embrittlement correlation model adopted in ASTM E 900-02 was based on US, surveillance results current through calendar year 1998. There now exists an extensive amount of new surveillance data that includes a large amount of boiling water reactor (BWR) results from a supplemental surveillance program designed to augment the plant-specific BWR surveillance programs. These recent data allow a statistical check of the ASTM E 900-02 embrittlement correlation, as well as the NRC correlation model currently being used in the pressurized thermal shock (PTS) re-evaluation effort and the older Regulatory Guide 1.99, Revision 2 correlation. Even though the ASTM E 900-02 embrittlement correlation is a simplified version of the NRC model, a comparison of the two embrittlement correlation models utilizing the new database has proven to be revealing. Based on the new BWR data, both models are inadequate in their ability to predict BWR results. Other aspects of the two models are presented, as well as plans to develop a revised embrittlement correlation.


    embrittlement correlation, mechanisms of embrittlement, surveillance data

    Author Information:

    Server, WL
    President, ATI Consulting, Pinehurst, NC

    Lott, RG
    Advisory Engineer, Westinghouse Electric Co., LLC, Pittsburgh, PA

    Rosinski, ST
    EPRI, Charlotte, NC

    English, CA
    Consultant, BNFL, Oxfordshire,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E10.05

    DOI: 10.1520/STP37582S