Technical Basis for the Extension of ASME Code Case N-494 for Assessment of Austenitic Piping

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J. M. Bloom

Structural Mechanics Section, Babcock & Wilcox, a McDermott company, Research and Development Division, Alliance, OH 44601

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 118(4), 513-516 (Nov 01, 1996) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2842223 History: Received March 27, 1995; Revised July 03, 1996; Online February 11, 2008


In 1990, the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code for Nuclear Components approved Code Case N-494 as an alternative procedure for evaluating flaws in light water reactor (LWR) ferritic piping. The approach is an alternate to Appendix H of the ASME Code and allows the user to remove some unnecessary conservatism in the existing procedure by allowing the use of pipe specific material properties. The Code case is an implementation of the methodology of the deformation plasticity failure assessment diagram (DPFAD). The key ingredient in the application of DPFAD is that the material stress-strain curve must be in the format of a simple power law hardening stress-strain curve such as the Ramberg-Osgood (R-O) model. Ferritic materials can be accurately fit by the R-O model and, therefore, it was natural to use the DPFAD methodology for the assessment of LWR ferritic piping. An extension of Code Case N-494 to austenitic piping required a modification of the existing DPFAD methodology. Such an extension was made and presented at the ASME Pressure Vessel and Piping (PVP) Conference in Minneapolis (1994). The modified DPFAD approach, coined piecewise failure assessment diagram (PWFAD), extended an approximate engineering approach proposed by Ainsworth in order to consider materials whose stress-strain behavior cannot be fit to the R-O model. The Code Case N-494 approach was revised using the PWFAD procedure in the same manner as in the development of the original N-494 approach for ferritic materials. A lower-bound stress-strain curve (with yield stress comparable to ASME Code specified minimum) was used to generate a PWFAD curve for the geometry of a part-through wall circumferential flaw in a cylinder under tension and bending. Earlier work demonstrated that a cylinder under axial tension with a 50-percent flaw depth, 90 deg in circumference, and radius to thickness of 10, produced a lower-bound FAD curve. Validation of the new proposed Code case procedure for austenitic piping was performed using actual pipe test data. Using the lower-bound PWFAD curve, pipe test results were conservatively predicted (failure stresses were predicted to be 31.5 percent lower than actual on the average). The conservative predictions were attributed to constraint effects where the toughness values used in the predictions were obtained from highly constrained compact test specimens. The resultant development of the PWFAD curve for austenitic piping led to a revision of Code Case N-494 to include a procedure for assessment of flaws in austenitic piping.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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