On the Assessment of Through-Wall Circumferential Cracks in Steam Generator Tubes With Tube Supports

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Xin Wang

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 5B6, Canada

Wolf Reinhardt

Nuclear Engineering, Babcock & Wilcox Canada, Cambridge, Ontario N1R 5V3, Canada

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 125(1), 85-90 (Jan 31, 2003) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1511737 History: Received November 08, 2001; Revised July 30, 2002; Online January 31, 2003
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Tubes with and without tube support plates—(a) without tube support plates, (b) with tube support plates
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Analysis of displacement and rotation
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Crack length versus bending stress σb to tensile stress σt ratio (σbt)
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Comparison of tube limit loads (unrestrained tubes)
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The finite element model of the tube with tube support
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Finite element limit load analysis results
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Failure assessment diagram Level 3 of PD: 6493 10
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Results from the failure assessment, span Lreal=31.65 in.
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Periodically supported beam and equivalent cantilever



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