Modeling of Multiaxial Creep Behavior for Incoloy 800 Tubes Under Internal Pressure

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V. Koundy, T. Forgeron, F. Le Naour

CEA-CEREM, Service de Recherches Ḿtallurgiques Appliquées, CEA-Saclay, 91191 Gif-Sur-Yvette cedex, France

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 119(3), 313-318 (Aug 01, 1997) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2842310 History: Received December 17, 1996; Revised February 18, 1997; Online February 11, 2008


In order to validate the long-term behavior of fast breeder reactor steam generator tubes, a creep test monitoring program has been undertaken. A series of over one hundred tests was performed on small specimen tubes which were cut from the as-received tube material of Incoloy 800, similar to those used in generator applications. In contrast to uniaxial conditions in which constant load conditions usually apply, multiaxial experiments were performed assuming constant stress conditions. Thin walled tube approximation was used to estimate the stresses across the tube wall thickness required for given internal tube pressures. This paper deals with a refined numerical modeling of stresses and strains in the pressurized test specimens, taking into account: internal pressure changes, nonlinear geometrical effects, and creep deformation during all the test procedure cycles. Comparison of the numerical results with the experimental measurements shows a good agreement which validates the multiaxial generalization of the RCC-MR strain creep laws which were used in the calculations. A multiaxial creep rupture criterion is discussed.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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