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Investigation on Method of Elasto-Plastic Analysis for Piping System (Benchmark Analysis)

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Masashi Arai, Nobuyuki Kojima, Takuro Kabaya, Satoru Hirouchi, Masatsugu Bando

MHI Nuclear Systems and Solution Engineering Co., Ltd., Hyogo-ku, Japan

Paper No. PVP2016-63186, pp. V008T08A006; 7 pages
  • ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 8: Seismic Engineering
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 17–21, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5046-6
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This report proposes an elasto-plastic analysis method to be used for practical aseismic designing of nuclear piping systems. JSME (the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers) initiated a task to establish an elasto-plastic analysis method for nuclear piping systems. During this task, benchmark analysis was conducted in order to examine the elastic-plasticity analytical method, in which our company decided to participate. Our policy for evaluation was that the material characteristics to be used in benchmark analysis were based on the standards for nuclear designs in Japan. As a consequence, we prepared a method to accurately simulate the vibration test on piping systems. The recommended elasto-plastic analysis method is thus specified as follows:

1) The elasto-plastic analysis method comprised of dynamic analysis on piping system modeled using beam elements and static analysis of the deforming elbow which was modeled using shell elements.

2) Bi-linear was applied as the elasto-plastic characteristics. The yield point was the standardized yield point times 1.2, and the second gradient was 1/100 the Young’s modulus. Kinematic hardening law was used as the hardening law.

3) Rain flow method and fatigue curve of an existing research were used to evaluate the fatigue life for the strain range obtained by elasto-plastic analysis.

Copyright © 2016 by ASME
Topics: Piping systems



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