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Creep-Fatigue Damage and Life Evaluation for Boiler Header Stub Weldment

[+] Author Affiliations
Takuya Ito, Isamu Nonaka, Hideo Umaki

Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

Hidetaka Nishida, Shizuma Shintani

Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc.

Paper No. PVP2002-1193, pp. 33-40; 8 pages
doi:10.1115/PVP2002-1193
From:
  • ASME 2002 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • New and Emerging Computational Methods: Applications to Fracture, Damage, and Reliability
  • Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 5–9, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-1949-3
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME

abstract

In order to clarify the creep-fatigue damage process and to evaluate the creep-fatigue life for boiler 2.25Cr-1Mo header stub welds, a series of creep-fatigue tests were performed on partial mock-up specimens of actual plant under simulated plant loading conditions. Creep voids and micro-cracks occurred along the weld toes at an early stage of life and grew to form many short cracks. These short cracks grew both on the surface and through the wall of the stub tube and later coalesced to form one crack. It was proved that there was a correlation between the maximum crack depth and life ratio and also that there was a correlation between the maximum crack depth and the maximum crack length on the surface. A life prediction method was proposed based on these two correlations.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Topics: Creep , Fatigue , Boilers

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