Description: Cover plates are used in current designs for high temperature gas-cooled reactors to compress the mineral fiber insulation against the inside of the liner of the prestressed concrete pressure vessel. In the upper plenum, these plates are hexagonal and specified as carbon steel; in the lower cross ducts, the plates are square and made of Hastelloy X. The General Atomic Company has specified both damage and safety limit criteria for these plates. These plates have been analyzed at these limits using the inelastic finite element computer program EPACA. The results indicate that the total strains for the square plate were within the specified values; however, the maximum deformations at the free corners indicate separation from the insulation and failure to achieve one of the design requirements. Since no material data were available for carbon steel at the limiting temperatures, it was assumed that the hexagonal plates were constructed of 2$sup 1$/$sub 4$ percent Cr--1 percent Mo material. Although this material was found to produce satisfactory performance, extrapolation of available information would lead to the conclusion that the performance of carbon steel plates would not be satisfactory at the specified conditions. (auth)
Date: February 1, 1976
Creator: Iskander, S.K.; Collins, C.W. & Sanders, J.P.
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