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Transition Region of Nuclear Vessel Steels: Master Curve Approach Using Small Punch Notched Specimens

Abstract: The behaviour of the materials in ductile-brittle transition region must be known when performing structural integrity assessments of nuclear reactor vessels working under the effects of neutron irradiation. The characterisation of this region has been usually carried out by means of Charpy impact tests. Just during last few years new approaches based on direct fracture mechanics tests have begun to be used. In most of these cases, the Master Curve methodology, which allows the transition region to be characterised using only one parameter (T0 reference temperature), has been employed. In this paper the transition region of two materials ?one vessel steel and one common structural steel- has been characterised by means of Small Punch Tests. First of all, this zone has been characterised using conventional specimens and the results were compared with those of Charpy impact tests. Finally a new approach based on the use of notched Small Punch samples together with Master Curve methodology has been proposed.

Otras comunicaciones del congreso o articulos relacionados con autores/as de la Universidad de Cantabria

 Congreso: International Conference Small Sample Test Technique (4th : 2016 : Shanghai)

Editorial: Trans Tech Publications

 Fecha de publicación: 20/04/2017

Nº de páginas: 10

Tipo de publicación: Comunicación a Congreso

 DOI: 10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.734.77

ISSN: 1013-9826,1662-9809

 Proyecto español: MAT2011-28796-c03-01