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Corrosion: Environments and Industries

Edited by
Stephen D. Cramer
Stephen D. Cramer
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Bernard S. Covino, Jr.
Bernard S. Covino, Jr.
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ASM International
Volume
13C
ISBN electronic:
978-1-62708-184-9
Publication date:
2006
Book Chapter

Corrosion in Boiling Water Reactors

By
F. Peter Ford
F. Peter Ford
General Electric Global Research Center
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Barry M. Gordon
Barry M. Gordon
Structural Integrity Associates, Inc.
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Ronald M. Horn
Ronald M. Horn
General Electric Nuclear Energy
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Published:
2006
Page range:
341 - 361
Publication history
September 28, 2006

Abstract

This article focuses on environmentally assisted cracking (EAC) of structural materials in the boiling water reactor (BWR), reactor pressure vessel, core internals, and ancillary piping. It discusses the effects of water chemistry on materials degradation, mitigation approaches, and their impact on aging management programs. The article reviews the effects of materials, environment, and stress factors on the cracking susceptibility of ferritic and austenitic structural alloys in BWRs. It describes the methods, such as data-based life-prediction approaches and mechanisms-informed life-prediction approaches for predicting the cracking kinetics in BWRs. The article presents several EAC mitigation techniques for BWR components, namely material solutions, stress solutions, and environmental solutions.

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F. Peter Ford, Barry M. Gordon, Ronald M. Horn, 2006. "Corrosion in Boiling Water Reactors", Corrosion: Environments and Industries, Stephen D. Cramer, Bernard S. Covino, Jr.

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