In this paper, the results of evaluations of the stress intensity factor and of natural SCC (stress corrosion cracking) growth simulations under weld residual stresses are presented. The results reveal some characteristic SCC propagation behaviors. A surface crack is assumed at the welded joint of a mock-up of a pressurized water reactor (PWR) pressurizer nozzle. SCC propagation law for the weld metal is assumed to be anisotropic. SCC propagation in the surface direction is assumed to be 10 times slower than that in the thickness direction of the welded joint. The anisotropy is caused by different solidification rates of the weld metal in these directions. The material in terms of mechanical properties is set to be homogeneous as differences in the Young’s moduli and the Poisson’s ratios are not large between the weld and the mother metal. The analytical procedures based on the finite element method with an automatic mesh generation scheme for cracked structures, the results of analyses under a various residual stress distributions and some discussions are presented in this paper.

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