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Validation of RT(T0) for German reactor pressure vessel steels

: Siegele, D.; Keim, E.; Nagel, G.


Journal of pressure vessel technology 130 (2008), No.3, Art. 031405, 6 pp.
ISSN: 0094-9930
ISSN: 1528-8978
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IWM ()
reactor pressure vessel; master curve; database; fracture surface; fracture toughness

For the introduction of the new reference temperature RTT0 of the ASME Code Cases N-629 and N-631 into the German Standard KTA 3201.2, the applicability of RTT0 was validated by the reevaluation of the existing fracture toughness database of German reactor pressure vessel. (RPV) steels including unirradiated and irradiated base materials and weld metal data. The test temperatures of the database were standardized to the reference temperature T-0 of the master curve of the data sets and the database was compared with the ASME K-IC-curve as adjusted by RTT0. The K-IC-curve adjusted by RTT0 enveloped both the 1 T-size adjusted database and also the as-measured database, corresponding to the definition of RTT0. Thus, the results also prove the validity of the K-IC(RTT0)-curve for allowable flaw sizes and up to the crack length spectrum of the ASME K-IC-database without size adjustment of T-0. The results of both investigations confirmed the validity of RTT0 for German RPV steels. The majority of existing fracture toughness data are based on K-IC-values. More recent data are (K-JC) related to the issuing of ASTM E 1921 in 1997 and to the success of the master curve-based T-0 approach. Therefore, the possible difference between T-0 determined from K-JC and from K-IC was investigated with available databases for RPV steels. The comparison of T-0(K-JC) and T-0(K-IC) showed a 1:1 correlation proving the equivalence of K-JC and K-IC in the determination of T-0.