Abstract

The main objective and mission of the European project ATLAS+ (Advanced Structural Integrity Assessment Tools for Safe Long Term Operation) are to address the remaining technology gaps for the safe and long term operation of nuclear reactor pressure coolant boundary systems. This project includes the development and validation of advanced simulation tools based on fracture mechanics methods using physically based mechanistic models. In the Work Package 3 (WP3), benchmark calculations using different available models are conducted to investigate the accuracy and the capability of the different models for ductile crack growth of different constraint condition, such as laboratory specimens and piping structure, which were tested in the Work Package 1 (WP 1). The authors joined the WP3 activity and investigated the effect of the parameters of the GTN (Gurson-Tvergaard-Needleman) model on the fracture behavior of the specimens. In this paper, the parameters of the GTN model were calibrated to simulate the fracture behavior of CT specimens, notched tensile (NT) specimens and single edge notched tensile (SENT) specimens of ferritic pipe material and the applicability of the GTN model. The adjusted parameters by the CT specimen predicted the fracture behavior of the SENT specimens, but did not those of the NT specimens. The adjusted parameters by the CT specimens were applied to the piping structure mock-up and they predicted the maximum load in high accuracy.

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