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Structural Materials in Nuclear Power Systems by J. T. Adrian Roberts

By J. T. Adrian Roberts

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Generally, Stage I is prolonged under cyclic loads. Reducing the cyclic frequency or, in other words, increasing the time under constant load allows the crack to propagate by stress corrosion. In many components then, cracks initiate by corrosion fatigue, but propagate by stress corrosion. The local or uniform corrosion damage that results in reduction of load-bearing area is the result of a chemical reaction, either between the environment and impurities or selected alloying agents (local attack), or between the environment and the base material (uniform attack).

However, neutron flux can influence the surface characteristics of materials. The intense neutron flux of the CTR envi- 1400 - 10-2 ::l. DISLOCATION GLIDE I ~ (/) (/) W Q: 10-3 l- (/) Q: « w J: 10"4 (/) 0 W N ::::i « ~ Q: 10-5 0 z 10.... 0 1·0 Fig. 1-23. Deformation map for Type 316 stainless steel showing the irradiation creep field and the operating regime for LMFBR and CTR components (courtesy H. , 1979). 44 Chapter 1 ronment, through a variety of surface damage processes, produces erosion of the first wall.

Case, nlN d is the ratio of the number of applied cycles for a given loading condition to the allowable number of cycles determined from a fatigue curve for that loading condition, and tlTd is the ratio of the time duration for a given load to the allowable time at that load determined from a creep-rupture curve. This approach is intended to be conservative, but the growing data base indicates that this might not be the case. (23, 35, 36-38) Coffin,(36) for example, has taken the view that time-dependent fatigue is essentially stresscorrosion cracking, and this approach led to the well-known "frequencymodified fatigue lifetime" correlation for crack initiation and growth rate.

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