Flow-Induced Wear in Steam Generator Tubes—Prediction Versus Operational Experience

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M. K. Au-Yang

Framatome Technologies, 3315 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 120(2), 138-143 (May 01, 1998) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2842231 History: Received November 01, 1997; Revised January 30, 1998; Online February 11, 2008


Many nuclear steam generators have accumulated more than 10 effective-full-power-years of operation. Eddy-current inspections revealed that a number of these steam generator tubes, notably those located in high local cross-flow regions, have indications of wear at some support plate elevations after 5 to 10 yr of effective-full-power operations. In the last 5 yr, a number of technical papers on nonlinear tube bundle dynamics has been published to address the effect of tube and support plate interactions. At the same time, test data relating wear and tube wall thickness losses for different material combinations and different support plate geometries became available. Based on the available data in the literature, as well as data obtained in the author’s affiliation, this paper assesses the cumulative tube wall wear after 5, 10, and 15 effective-full-power years of operation of a typical commercial nuclear steam generator, using different wear models. It is hoped that this study will shed some light on the probable mechanism that caused the observed wear in today’s operating nuclear steam generators.

Copyright © 1998 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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