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Low Cycle Fatigue Behavior of Elbow Pipe With Local Wall Thinning

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Koji Takahashi, Satoshi Tsunoi, Takumi Hara, Sota Watanabe, Akira Mikami, Hajime Takada, Kotoji Ando, Masaki Shiratori

Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Japan

Paper No. PVP2008-61427, pp. 891-896; 6 pages
  • ASME 2008 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 6: Materials and Fabrication, Parts A and B
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, July 27–31, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4829-6
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Low cycle fatigue tests were conducted using 100A elbow specimens with local wall thinning. Local wall thinning of 50% of the nominal pipe wall thickness was machined on the inside of elbow in order to simulate erosion/corrosion metal loss. The local wall thinning areas are located at three different areas, called extrados, crown and intrados. The elbow specimens were subjected to cyclic in-plane bending under displacement control without internal pressure. When the local wall thinning was located at intrados, fatigue life was the shortest. In addition, three-dimensional elastic-plastic analyses were also carried out using the finite element method. As a result, the crack penetration area and the crack growth direction were successfully predicted by the analyses. The fatigue lives estimated by the analyses were close to those obtained by the experiments.

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