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Interaction and Assessment of Multiple Local Wall Thinning Defects

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Jian Peng, Changyu Zhou, Qiao Dai

Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Paper No. PVP2013-97110, pp. V005T11A007; 11 pages
  • ASME 2013 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 5: High-Pressure Technology; ASME NDE Division; Rudy Scavuzzo Student Paper Symposium
  • Paris, France, July 14–18, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division, Nondestructive Evaluation Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5569-0
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The safety assessment of pipes with multiple local wall thinning defects (LWTs) is systematically investigated by finite element analyses (FEA) with special attention to the interaction of multiple LWTs. It is interesting that the arrangement of LWTs (axial arrangement and circumferential arrangement), the load condition (pure pressure, pure bending and complicated load) and the relative depth play important roles in the interaction of multiple LWTs. The effective stress area and critical stress can be used to explain their influences. Moreover, existing assessment methods of multiple LWTs in some defect assessment standards such as API 579/ASME FFS, ASME B31G, BS 7910 and GB 19624 are reviewed. It’s noticed that the influences of arrangement, load condition and relative depth are ignored in existing standard methods, but they can influence the assessment results significantly. In order to consider these issues, an improved assessment of multiple LWTs based on API 579/ASME FFS is proposed. This improved assessment method has considered the influences of arrangement, load condition and relative depth, and can give better results.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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