Effect of Weld Properties on the Crush Strength of the PWR Spacer Grid

Kee-nam Song, Sang-hoon Lee
2012 Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations  
Mechanical properties in a weld zone are different from those in the base material because of different microstructures. A spacer grid in PWR fuel is a structural component with an interconnected and welded array of slotted grid straps. Previous research on the strength analyses of the spacer grid was performed using base material properties owing to a lack of mechanical properties in the weld zone. In this study, based on the mechanical properties in the weld zone of the spacer grid recently
more » ... cer grid recently obtained by an instrumented indentation technique, the strength analyses considering the mechanical properties in the weld zone were performed, and the analysis results were compared with the previous research.
doi:10.1155/2012/540285 fatcat:ftaxvwrfpvac5i4tlcm5oheejm