INCEFA-PLUS PROJECT: Review of the test programme and main results

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  • Albertas Grybenas
  • Matthias Bruchhausen
  • Román Cicero
  • Kevin Mottershead
  • Caitlin Huotilainen
  • Jean-Christophe Le Roux
  • Marc Vankeerberghen

Institutes & Expert groups

  • Lithuanian Energy Institute
  • JRC - Joint Research Centre
  • Universidad de Cantabria - Inesco Ingenieros - Centro de Desarrollo Tecnológico
  • Amec Foster Wheeler, Clean Energy
  • VTT - Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.
  • EDF - Electricité de France

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INCEFA-PLUS (INcreasing Safety in NPPs by Covering gaps in Environmental Fatigue Assessment) project characterized environmentally assisted fatigue of stainless steels in light water reactor environments. During this project more than 200 fatigue tests have been carried out in different laboratories across Europe in air and water environment. Most tests were performed on a single batch of 304L, an austenitic stainless steel alloys employed in NPPs. The tests addressed the effects of strain amplitude, hold time periods, material roughness and mean strain/stress on fatigue endurance. A limited number of tests was carried out on other batches of 304L and on X6 CrNiTi 18 10, a Ti stabilised steel used in VVERs. Additionally, activities on the effects of mean stress under strain control, testing at reduced environmental fatigue correction factor Fen, and different applications of hold time as well as biaxial fatigue tests have been carried out. The data obtained has been collected and standardised in an online environmental fatigue database MatDB.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 29th International Conference on Metallurgy and Materials
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2020
Event2020 - METAL: 29th International Conference on Metallurgy and Materials - Brno, Czech Republic
Duration: 20 May 202022 May 2020

Publication series

NameConference METAL
ISSN (Print)2694-9296


Conference2020 - METAL
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic


  • Experimental testing fatigue, Environment fatigue, Steel 304L

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