DYNAMIC RESPONSE OF CRACKED HEXAGONAL SUBASSEMBLY DUCTS.

Journal Article

The hexagonal subassembly ducts (hexcans) of current Liquid Metal Fast Breeder Reactor (LMFBR) designs are typically made of 20% coldworked Type 316 stainless steel. Prolonged exposure of this initially tough and ductile material to a fast neutron flux at high temperatures can result in severe embrittlement. This paper examines the dynamic elastic response of flawed and unflawed fast reactor sub-assembly ducts. A plane-strain finite element analysis was performed for ducts containing internal corner cracks, as well as external midflat cracks.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jr, JLG; Petroski, HJ

Published In

  • Transactions of the International Conference on Structural Mechanics in Reactor Technology

Volume / Issue

  • E /