Effect of dynamic strain aging on fatigue crack growth behaviour of reactor pressure vessel steels

J. Y. Huang, J. J. Yeh, R. C. Kuo, J. R. Hwang

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Abstract

Fatigue tests under constant amplitude load were conducted on compact tension specimens of SA533B3 steels with four levels of sulphur content at different temperatures. A modified capacitance type crack opening displacement (COD) gauge was shown to be suitable for fatigue crack length measurement at high temperatures. Test results obtained with different measurement techniques show good consistency. The observation that the Young's moduli measured at a strain rate of 4 × 10-3s-1 for the SA533B3 steels at 150 and 300°C do not decrease with increasing temperature seems to be related to the presence of dynamic strain aging. The fatigue crack growth rates at 150 and 300°C are about two and half times slower than those tested at 400°C because dynamic strain aging prevails at 150 and 300°C. Fractographic examination results suggest that inclusions embedded in secondary cracks enhanced the fatigue crack initiation rather than the fatigue crack growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)944-954
Number of pages11
JournalMaterials Science and Technology
Volume22
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2006

Keywords

  • ACPD technique
  • Capacitance type COD gauge
  • Dynamic strain aging
  • Fatigue crack growth
  • Inclusion

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