Failure behavior of a pipe system with a circumferentially oriented flaw: Analytical and experimental investigations

Timo Mikkola, Harald Diem, Dieter Blind, Herman Hunger

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Abstract

At the german HDR-test-facility a pipe failure experiment was performed at a fullsize feedwater piping system under operating conditions of and with an elevated oxygen content in the pressure medium. The loading was internal pressure and a cyclic varying bending moment with an of 0.5. The in form of a circumferentially orientated notch initially weakened piping system failed after a total number of 4773 loaded cycles with different frequencies in form of a small leak.

The analyses of the fracture surface indicated the strongly growing influence of corrosion effects on the crack propagation rate with decreasing loading frequency.

The cyclic crack growth and the leak-before-break behavior of the piping system could be explained on the basis of results of finite element calculations using ADINA-code.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-210
JournalNuclear Engineering and Design
Volume112
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1989
MoE publication typeB1 Article in a scientific magazine

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