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Mechanical Behaviour of Alloy 800 Steam Generator Tube With a Circumferential Crack-Like Throughwall Flaw

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Congyue Wang, Xinjian Duan

Atomic Energy Canada Limited, Mississauga, ON, Canada

Mukesh Jain

McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Paper No. PVP2011-57161, pp. 93-105; 13 pages
  • ASME 2011 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 2: Computer Technology and Bolted Joints
  • Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 17–21, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4452-6
  • Copyright © 2011 by Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada


This paper presents an experimental and numerical study of the mechanical behaviour of Alloy 800 tubes with a circumferential crack-like throughwall flaw. The crack-like throughwall flaw was simulated as a slot fabricated by Electron Discharge Machining (EDM). A digital image correlation (DIC) method is employed to measure the distribution of strain and the deformed EDM slot profile during the tension test. A Finite Element Analysis (FEA) model in ANSYS is then developed to predict the mechanical behaviour of Alloy 800 steam generator (SG) tubing in the tension tests. The FEA model with a verified material stress-strain curve and the calibrated failure criterion is applied to simulate the burst test of SG tubing with a circumferential crack-like throughwall flaw. The maximum allowable size for a circumferential throughwall crack is recommended based on FEA simulations.

Copyright © 2011 by Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada



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