Description: Tests of closed-end, internally pressurized, Zircaloy-4 tubing specimens were utilized to develop low strain creep characteristics as a function of time at temperatures in the range of 1475/sup 0/F to 2000/sup 0/F (802/sup 0/C to 1093/sup 0/C) and hoop stresses in the range of 250 to 2500 psi for use in loss-of-coolant accident (LOCA) analyses. The strain rate above the start of the alpha to beta phase transformation region, approximately 1490/sup 0/F (810/sup 0/C), was found to be sensitive to the test procedure (stress-temperature history). This is believed to result from variations in the metallurgical structure. A prediction model is presented which provides a conservative upper bound to the low strain test data provided in this report and reported in the literature.
Date: March 1978
Creator: White, L.S. & Busby, C.C.
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