Wear Transitions of Tube-Support Components for a Nuclear Steam Generator under Fretting Conditions
Tubes in nuclear steam generators are held up by supports because the tubes are long and slender. Fluid flows of high-pressure and high-temperature in the tubes cause oscillating motions between tubes and supports. This is called as FIV (flow induced vibration), which causes fretting wear in contact parts of tube-support. The fretting wear of tube-support can threaten the safety of nuclear power plant. Therefore, a research about the fretting wear characteristics of tube-support is required. This work is focused on fretting wear transitions from mild wear to severe wear of tube-support materials by various loads and relative displacements. The transition is defined on the basis of the changes in wear amount. To investigate the transition, the fretting wear tester was contrived to prevent the reduction of relative displacement between tube and support by increasing the load. The tube and support materials were Inconel 690 and 409 SS, respectively. The results show that the transition of tube-support wear is caused by the changes of the dominant wear mechanism depending on the applied load and the relative displacement.
Soon-Bok Lee and Yun-Jae Kim
S. H. Jeong et al., "Wear Transitions of Tube-Support Components for a Nuclear Steam Generator under Fretting Conditions", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 326-328, pp. 1263-1266, 2006