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Metals 2019, 9(3), 322;

Fatigue Life Prediction of Steam Generator Tubes by Tube Specimens with Circular Holes

Institute of Process Equipment and Control Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou 310032, China
Engineering Research Center of Process Equipment and Remanufacturing, Ministry of Education, Hangzhou 310032, China
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Received: 30 January 2019 / Revised: 28 February 2019 / Accepted: 10 March 2019 / Published: 12 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fracture, Fatigue and Structural Integrity of Metallic Materials)
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Heat exchangers manufactured from Inconel 690 tubes are widely used for steam generators in nuclear power plants. Inconel 690 tubes have suffered failures of fatigue fracture due to flow induced vibration. It is difficult to obtain the fatigue life of the tube directly since the conventional fatigue test would potentially cause end fatigue failure due to the stress concentration at the clamp end. In this study, a thin-walled Inconel 690 tube with circular hole is designed to deduce the fatigue life of smooth tube based on the notch fatigue life prediction technology. Firstly, the local stress and strain distributions around the hole based on the finite element analysis are discussed. Local stress-strain is calculated and compared with Neuber’s ruler. Meanwhile, fatigue life tests using tube specimens with circular holes are carried out. Finally, based on the best-fitted fatigue life curve of Inconel 690 alloy, the fatigue life of tube specimen is estimated from the local strain according to Neuber’s ruler. The results show that the local stress and strain estimated by Neuber’s ruler are basically consistent with those obtained by finite element analysis. Compared with the average fatigue life of nickel-based alloy, the new predicted equivalent fatigue life of heat Inconel 690 transfer tube with a hole is higher. The Inconel 690 heat transfer tube has better fatigue performance. View Full-Text
Keywords: tube specimen with hole; fatigue life; local strain; Inconel 690 tube tube specimen with hole; fatigue life; local strain; Inconel 690 tube

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Wang, Q.; Chen, J.; Chen, X.; Gao, Z.; Li, Y. Fatigue Life Prediction of Steam Generator Tubes by Tube Specimens with Circular Holes. Metals 2019, 9, 322.

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