Title: Radiation Stability of WWER RPV Cladding Materials
Authors: ACOSTA IBORRA BEATRIZDEBARBERIS LUIGIHORVATH MARTAGILLEMOT F.URI G.FEKETE T.HOUNDEFFO E.VIEHRIG H.-W.
Citation: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSELS AND PIPING vol. 84 no. 8 p. 469-474
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC34527
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC34527
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: A study investigating the WWER-440/213 RPV cladding properties and their degradation due to neutron irradiation has been recently completed in the frame of the Hungarian National Government funded project "Evaluation of the lifetime of NPP structural materials" carried out in co -operation with European partners and the key results from this project are presented in this paper. The RPV cladding, designed primarily to protect the reactor pressure vessel ferritic steel from primary water corrosion has also structural integrity functions. The clad is made of a thin layer of austenitic steel with good ductility and toughness that offers also additional robustness to the vessel. The degradation of the properties of the cladding material need to be carefully assessed in order to properly consider the cladding as a relevant element in the global RPV integrity assessment. By taking into account the cladding it is possible to gain in safety margins. This is an important result since it has a direct impact on the global lifetime evaluation of the RPV as well as avoids the adoption of other very expensive and less effective mitigation methods.
JRC Institute:Institute for Energy and Transport

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