Irradiation Embrittlement of Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPVs) in Nuclear Power Plants (Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy 26)

Irradiation Embrittlement of Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPVs) in Nuclear Power Plants (Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy 26)

By: Naoki Soneda (editor)Hardback

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Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPVs) contain the fuel and therefore the reaction at the heart of nuclear power plants. They are a life-determining structural component: if they suffer serious damage, the continued operation of the plant is in jeopardy. This book critically reviews irradiation embrittlement, the main degradation mechanism affecting RPV steels, and mitigation routes for managing the RPV lifetime. Part I reviews RPV design and fabrication in different countries, with an emphasis on the materials required, their important properties, and manufacturing technologies. Part II then considers RVP embrittlement in operational nuclear power plants using different reactors. Chapters are devoted to embrittlement in light-water reactors, including WWER-type reactors and Magnox reactors. Finally, Part III presents techniques for studying embrittlement, including irradiation simulation techniques, microstructural characterisation techniques, and probabilistic fracture mechanics. Irradiation Embrittlement of Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPVs) in Nuclear Power Plants provides a thorough review of an issue that is central to the safety of nuclear power generation. The book includes contributions from an international team of experts, and will be a useful resource for nuclear plant operators and managers, relevant regulatory and safety bodies, nuclear metallurgists and other academics in this field * Discusses reactor pressure vessel (RPV) design and the effect irradiation embrittlement can have, the main degradation mechanism affecting RPVs* Examines embrittlement processes in RPVs in different reactor types, as well as techniques for studying RPV embrittlement

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Dr Naoki Soneda is an Associate Vice President at the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Japan, and is the author of numerous papers on RVP steels.


Part 1 Reactor pressure vessel (RPV) materials, design and manufacture: PPV design and fabrication; RPV materials; WWER-type RPV design and fabrication. Part 2 RPV embrittlement in operational power plants: Embrittlement of RPVs in pressurised water reactors (PWRs); Embrittlement of RPVs in WWER-type reactors; Surveillance of RPV embrittlement in light-water reactors; Surveillance of RPV embrittlement in magnox reactors. Part 3 Techniques for the study of RPV embrittlement: Irradiation simulation techniques; Microstructural characterisation techniques; Evaluating fracture toughness; The development of embrittlement trend curves; Comparing embrittlement trend curves.

Product Details

  • publication date: 22/08/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781845699673
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9781845699673
  • weight: 794
  • ISBN10: 184569967X

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