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Title: Finite Element Based Stress Analysis of Graphite Component in High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor Core Using Linear and Nonlinear Irradiation Creep Models

Irradiation creep plays a major role in the structural integrity of the graphite components in high temperature gas cooled reactors. Finite element procedures combined with a suitable irradiation creep model can be used to simulate the time-integrated structural integrity of complex shapes, such as the reactor core graphite reflector and fuel bricks. In the present work a comparative study was undertaken to understand the effect of linear and nonlinear irradiation creep on results of finite element based stress analysis. Numerical results were generated through finite element simulations of a typical graphite reflector.
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Nuclear Engineering and Design; Journal Volume: 292
Research Org:
Argonne National Laboratory (ANL)
Sponsoring Org:
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)
Country of Publication:
United States
High temperature gas cooled reactor, Finite element based stress analysis, H-451 graphite, Irradiation creep model, Graphite reflector stress analysis