A formulation for the quantitative calculation of the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) growth rate was proposed based on a fundamental-based crack tip strain rate (CTSR) equation that was derived from the time-based mathematical derivation of a continuum mechanics equation. The CTSR equation includes an uncertain parameter r0, the characteristic distance away from a growing crack tip, at which a representative strain rate should be defined. In this research, slow strain rate tensile tests on sensitized 304L stainless steel in oxygenated high temperature water were performed. By curve fitting the experimental results to the numerically calculated crack growth rate, the parameter r0 was determined. Then, the theoretical formulation was used to predict the SCC growth rates. The results indicate that r0 is on the order of several micrometers, and that the application of the theoretical equation in predicting the crack growth rate provides satisfactory agreement with the available data.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nuclear and High Energy Physics
- Materials Science(all)
- Nuclear Energy and Engineering