Wear Scar Progression of Impact-Fretting at Elevated Temperature for Steam Generator Tubes in Nuclear Power Plants
Fretting wear generated by flow induced vibration is one of the important degradation mechanisms of steam generator tubes in the nuclear power plants. Understanding of tube wear characteristics is very important to keep the integrity of the steam generator tubes to secure the safety of the nuclear power plants. Experimental examination has been performed for the purpose of investigating the impact fretting. Test material is alloy 690 tube and 409 stainless steel tube supports. From the results of experiments, wear scar progression is investigated in the case of impact-fretting wear test of steam generator tubes under plant operating conditions such as pressure of 15MPa, high temperature of 290C and low dissolved oxygen. Hammer imprint that is actual damaged wear pattern, has been observed on the worn surface. From investigation of wear scar pattern, wear mechanism was initially the delamination wear due to cracking the hard oxide film and finally transferred to the stable impact-fretting pattern.
Soon-Bok Lee and Yun-Jae Kim
C. Y. Park and J. K. Lee, "Wear Scar Progression of Impact-Fretting at Elevated Temperature for Steam Generator Tubes in Nuclear Power Plants", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 326-328, pp. 1251-1254, 2006