Fatigue performance of steam turbine blading

Juha Viuhko, Jarmo Ivaska, Pertti Auerkari, Jarkko Metsäjoki

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    Steam turbine is a rotating machine and therefore fatigue is an important damage mechanism to consider already in turbine design, and it is remains necessary to consider the risk of initiation and growth of fatigue cracks in the later in-service inspection and maintenance activities. With successful design and fabrication, and operation within the intended limits, the expected fatigue life is relatively long but nevertheless finite and variable. The design features and materials of steam turbine blades are generally well established, and conventional methods of inspection and maintenance are widely applied to monitor and limit the evolution of in-service damage. As the fatigue performance of a blade is simultaneously sensitive to material characteristics, structural/loading geometry and surface condition, the combined potential range of these factors explains in principle the observed wide scatter in turbine blade life. In this paper, examples on reduced blade life are discussed based on recent experience with a case example.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBaltica X
    Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Life Management and Maintenance for Power Plants
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-8436-9, 978-951-38-8435-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2016
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    EventBALTICA X - International Conference on Life Management and Maintenance for Power Plants - Cruise, Helsinki-Stockholm, Finland
    Duration: 7 Jun 20169 Jun 2016

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Technology


    ConferenceBALTICA X - International Conference on Life Management and Maintenance for Power Plants
    Abbreviated titleBaltica X


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