Fatigue Crack Growth in SA508-CL2 Steel in a High Temperature, High Purity Water Environment

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T. L. Gerber, J. D. Heald, E. Kiss

Applied Mechanics and Statistics Unit, Nuclear Energy Division, General Electric Co., San Jose, Calif.

J. Eng. Mater. Technol 96(4), 255-260 (Oct 01, 1974) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3443239 History: Received January 15, 1974; Revised March 01, 1974; Online August 17, 2010


Fatigue crack growth tests were conducted with 1 in. (25.4 mm) plate specimens of SA508-CL2 steel in room temperature air, 550 deg F (288 deg C) air and in a 550 deg F (288 deg C), high purity, water environment. Zero-tension load controlled tests were run at cyclic frequencies as low as 0.037 CPM. Results show that growth rates in the simulated Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) water environment are 4 to 8 times faster than growth rates observed in 550 deg F (288 deg C) air and these rates are 8 to 15 times faster than the room temperature rate. In the BWR water environment, lowering the cyclic frequency from 0.37 CPM to 0.037 CPM caused only a slight increase in the fatigue crack growth rate. All growth rates measured in these tests were below the upper bound design curve presented in Section XI of the ASME Code.

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