A test apparatus was developed to study the interaction between corrosion fatigue (CF) and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in high-temperature water simulated boiling water reactor environment. Tests were conducted using 1/2T-CT samples of both low alloy and sensitized stainless steels under 3 different types of loading at 0.2–8 ppm in dissolved oxygen concentrations at 563 K in water. Type 1 was a normal cyclic loading test of constant amplitude, Type 2 a monotonic constant loading rate test, and Type 3 a combination of Type 1 + Type 2 loading modes. In the low alloy steel, no striking interaction was observed between CF and SCC, whereas in the case of Type 3 loading condition crack growth rates of the sensitized stainless steel were as much as 3 times higher than those for Type 1 + Type 2. The mechanism of the CF and SCC interaction is discussed.

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