Assessment of the Mechanical Stress Improvement Process for Mitigating Primary Water Stress Corrosion Cracking in Nickel Alloy Butt Welds in Piping Systems Approved for Leak-Before-Break [report]

Edmund J. Sullivan, Michael T. Anderson
2013 unpublished
Executive Summary In recent years, operating experience has shown that Alloy 82/182/600 materials used in reactor coolant system (RCS) pressure boundaries of pressurized water reactors (PWRs) are susceptible to primary water stress corrosion cracking (PWSCC). Cracking can initiate at the inside surface of these materials, in part, because of tensile residual stresses introduced by welding. These materials are present in piping systems that were approved by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
more » ... gulatory Commission (NRC) for leakbefore-break (LBB) before PWSCC was found in RCS dissimilar metal butt welds. The identification of PWSCC led to concerns regarding the potential effect of this degradation on existing LBB analyses.
doi:10.2172/1074311 fatcat:xg5cyslojjdf5kdhbzlwkgj4qy