SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1992

Effects of Irradiation on Crack-Arrest Toughness of Two High-Copper Welds


The objective of this study was to determine the effect of neutron irradiation on the shift and shape of the lower-bound curve to crack-arrest data. Two submerged-arc welds with copper contents of 0.23 and 0.31 wt% were commercially fabricated in 220-mm-thick plate. Crack-arrest specimens fabricated from these welds were irradiated at a nominal temperature of 288°C to an average fluence of 1.9 × 1019 neutrons/cm2 (> 1 MeV). A preliminary evaluation of the results shows that the neutron-irradiation induced crack-arrest toughness temperature shift is about the same as the Charpy V-notch impact temperature shift at the 41-J energy level. The shape of the lower-bound curves (for the range of test temperatures covered), compared to those of the ASME KIa-curve, did not seem to have been altered by irradiation.

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Iskander, SK
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
Corwin, WR
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
Nanstad, RK
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN
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Developed by Committee: E10
Pages: 251–269
DOI: 10.1520/STP17873S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5187-1
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1477-7