SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1996

Notch Reorientation of Charpy-V Specimens of the BWR Philippsburg 1 Through Reconstitution


10×10×10mm cubes, made from broken halves of un-irradiated and irradiated L-T oriented Charpy-V surveillance specimens of the Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) Philippsburg 1, were reconstituted to L-T and T-L oriented Charpy-V bars using the studgun welding technique of the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK•CEN. Instrumented Charpy-V (CV) impact testing, according to the European Standard EN 10045, was performed in order to determine the T-L transition curves of the reconstituted surveillance material. Losses of fracture energy and lateral expansion, mainly as a consequence of constraint of plastic flow due to the reconstitution welds, were detected. No change in shear fracture appearance was observed. The transition curves of the tested T-L reconstituted specimens represent conservative lower bounds that fulfil the CV upper shelf energy requirements of the Regulator. A correction curve allows estimation of the T-L transition curves of non-reconstituted T-L specimens.

The data were consistently analysed with hyperbolic tangent functions, while the load diagram recorded during the instrumented impact tests was used for guidance in the analysis. The quality assurance (QA) was ensured by the ‘Technischer Uberwachungs-Verein Süd-westdeutchland’ (TüV-Südwest), ‘Staatliche Materialprüfungsanstalt Universitat Stuttgart’ (MPA-Stuttgart) and ‘Kernkraftwerk Philippsburg’ (KKP).

Author Information

van Walle, E
SCK•CEN, Mol, Belgium
Fabry, A
SCK•CEN, Mol, Belgium
Van Ransbeeck, T
SCK•CEN, Mol, Belgium
Puzzolante, J-L
SCK•CEN, Mol, Belgium
Van de Velde, J
SCK•CEN, Mol, Belgium
Tulke, K
Kernkraftwerk Philippsburg Gmbh, Philippsburg, Germany
Backfisch, W
TüV Südwest e.V., Mannheim, Germany
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Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 458–486
DOI: 10.1520/STP16489S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5328-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2016-7