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Damage Process Compared to the Design Standard of the Elbow Subjected to In-Plane Cyclic Bending Load

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Izumi Nakamura

National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Akihito Otani

IHI Corporation, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Masaki Shiratori

Yokohama National University, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan

Paper No. PVP2013-97834, pp. V01AT01A007; 8 pages
  • ASME 2013 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 1A: Codes and Standards
  • Paris, France, July 14–18, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division, Nondestructive Evaluation Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5563-8
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Fatigue failure accompanied by ratchet deformation is well known as one of the failure modes of pressurized pipes under high-level cyclic load. In this research, the process of failure of such pipes was investigated based on the experimental result in which an elbow pipe failed by cyclic input of displacement. The strain behavior, moment-deflection relationship, and observed damage were compared with the stress level used in the seismic design of the piping system. As a result, no damage was detected and the moment-deflection relationship remained almost linear within the primary stress intensity limit and the primary plus secondary stress intensity range limit of 3Sm. In the experiment, visible damage was detected at the applied load levels of approximately 5∼6.6Sm of the primary stress intensity. The test results showed that there is a certain time margin before actual failure occurs to piping systems, compared with its designed stress limitation.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Stress , Design



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