Failure Analysis

Metallographic Assesment of the Thermal Exposure to the Three Mile Island Unit 2 Reactor Lower Head

The accident at Three Mile Island Unit No.2 (TMI-2) on March 28, 1979 was the worst nuclear accident in US history. One of the tasks of the international TMI-2 Vessel Investigation Project (VIP) was to assess the integrity of the vessel. By January 1990, it was possible electrochemically to machine coupons from the lower head by using a specially designed tool.

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resourcesThe articles and presentations that can be down-loaded from this web site are based upon work done by GFV while employed at Bethlehem Steel (1967-1983), Carpenter Technology (1983-1996), Buehler Ltd. (1996-2009) and Struers (2009-Present) and from the authors consulting work for companies such as, Latrobe Steel, Scot Forge, etc., and from his litigation work. GFV's bylined articles appearing in various issues of the ASM Handbook series have been listed here courtesy of ASM International, Materials Park, Ohio.

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