An Improved Analytical Method for Life Prediction of Bolting

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F. V. Ellis

Tordonato Energy Consultants, Inc., Chattanooga, TN 37406e-mail: tectnellis@aol.com

D. R. Sielski

Tennessee Valley Authority, Chattanooga, TN 37402e-mail: drsielski@tva.gov

R. Viswanathan

Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, CA 94394e-mail: rviswana@epri.com

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 123(1), 70-74 (Oct 23, 2000) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1344240 History: Received January 01, 2000; Revised October 23, 2000
Copyright © 2001 by ASME
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Photograph of HP turbine inner cylinder studs at Plant A
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Accumulated inelastic strain versus bolt number for HP turbine inner cylinder studs at Plant A
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Schematic drawing showing the thermocouple arrangement for stop valve studs at Plant B
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Measured stretch versus required stretch for HP turbine outer cylinder bolts



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