Burst Pressure Estimation of Steam Generator Tubes Based on Fracture Mechanics Analyses
During the past couple of decades, several limit load solutions have been proposed to resolve steam generator (SG) tube integrity issue. However, for estimation of specific load carrying capacity under different conditions, these solutions have to be modified by using lots of experimental data. The objective of this paper is to introduce a new burst pressure estimation scheme based on fracture mechanics analyses for SG tubes with a crack. In this context, closed-form equations were derived to get relevant parameters from three dimensional elastic-plastic finite element analyses and, then, a series of structural integrity analyses were carried out using the predicted J-integrals from the equations. Finally, in comparison with the experimental data as well as corresponding estimation results from conventional limit load solutions, it was proven that the proposed estimation scheme can be used as an efficient tool for integrity evaluation of cracked SG tubes.
Seung-Seok Lee, Joon Hyun Lee, Ik Keun Park, Sung-Jin Song, Man Yong Choi
Y. S. Chang et al., "Burst Pressure Estimation of Steam Generator Tubes Based on Fracture Mechanics Analyses", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 321-323, pp. 666-669, 2006