An evaluation of the fracture toughness of the heat-affected zone (HAZ), which is located under the weld overlay cladding of a reactor pressure vessel (RPV), was performed. Considering inhomogeneous microstructures of the HAZ, 0.4T-C(T) specimens were manufactured from the cladding strips locations, and Mini-C(T) specimens were fabricated from the distanced location as well as under the cladding. The reference temperature (To) of specimens that were aligned with the middle section of a cladding strip (HAZMCS) was ∼12°C higher than that of specimens that were aligned with cladding strips at the overlap (HAZOCS). To values of partial area in the HAZ were obtained using Mini-C(T) specimen. The To values obtained near the side of the cladding were ∼13°C higher than those away from the cladding. To values of HAZ for both 0.4T-C(T) and Mini-C(T) specimens were significantly lower than that of the base metal at a quarter thickness by 40°C–60°C. Compared to the literature data that indicated fracture toughness at the surface without overlay cladding and base metal of a quarter thickness in a pressure vessel plate, this study concluded that the welding thermal history showed no significant effect on the fracture toughness of the inner surface of RPV steel.
Fracture Toughness Evaluation of Heat-Affected Zone Under Weld Overlay Cladding in Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel
Ha, Y, Tobita, T, Takamizawa, H, Hanawa, S, & Nishiyama, Y. "Fracture Toughness Evaluation of Heat-Affected Zone Under Weld Overlay Cladding in Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel." Proceedings of the ASME 2018 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference. Volume 1A: Codes and Standards. Prague, Czech Republic. July 15–20, 2018. V01AT01A067. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/PVP2018-84535
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