Creep damage, ductility and expected life for materials with defects

Pertti Auerkari, Stefan Holmström, Juhani Rantala, Jorma Salonen

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    Defects can pre-exist and grow by creep in structures subjected to loading at high temperatures. As structural integrity is not necessarily conveniently predicted and managed by applying design and life assessment techniques intended for nominally defect-free material, it is important that methods are available for quantified and safe assessment of defects. In addition to the assessment methods, also materials behaviour will affect the likely outcome. In particular, ductility of the materials is important, and unfortunately ductility tends to decrease when shifting from short-term testing to long term creep conditions. In this paper, two examples are shown of materials with such ductility effects when combined with defects. The first example involves 316H stainless steel subjected to creep loading with an extensive crack-like defect, resulting in a transformation from microscopically ductile to brittle intergranular cracking within a relatively modest time span. The second example will demonstrate a corresponding shift in OFP copper that shows a radical ductility and life reduction in creep when including so small weld defects that they would be undetectable in conventional NDT.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME 2008 Pressure Vessels & Piping Conference, PVP 2008
    Place of PublicationNew York, NY
    PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    ISBN (Print)9780791848241
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventASME 2008 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, PVP 2008 - Chicago, Illinois, United States
    Duration: 27 Jul 200831 Jul 2008


    ConferenceASME 2008 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, PVP 2008
    Abbreviated titlePVP 2008
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityChicago, Illinois


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