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Weld strength for high temperature components design and operation

Objective

The present design rules for high temperature plant are based on the creep rupture strength of the base material. Frequently failure of components in service occurs at the welds, often in times shorter than anticipated by the design rules. To improve the operational performance of new and existing plant there are clear technical needs to incorporating the effect of welds in the design and to account for this effect in life and failure assessment procedures. This project will make a study of the design and performance requirements of welds, bringing together comprehensive reviews of weld performance in service, research experience of weld properties and a validation test programme on different types of ferritic, martensitic and dissimilar metal welds, typical of those used in high temperature plants. The test programme has been designed to provide the required stress rupture and creep deformation design data on standard laboratory specimens for correlation with data from multi axial feature tests. A continuum damage mechanics approach using FE will be used to analyse the welds.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE ASSOCIACAO*
Address
Km 3,Avenida Do Professor Doutorcavaco Silva 33Parque D
2740-120 Porto Salvo
Portugal

Participants (6)

CESI CENTRO ELETTROTECNICO SPERIMENTALE ITALIANO GIACINTO MOTTA SPA
Italy
Address
Via Rubattino 54
Milano
EQUIPOS NUCLEARES SA
Spain
Address
Avenida Juan Carlos I 8
39600 Maliano
INTEGRIDADE, SERVICOS DE MANUTENCAO E INTEGRIDADE ESTRUTURAL LDA.
Portugal
Address
Rua Francisco Antonio Silva
2780 Oeiras
METSEARCH B.V.
Netherlands
Address
11,Reelaan 11
7522 LR Enschede
SIEMPELKAMP PRUEF- UND GUTACHTER-GESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
Address
Am Lagerplatz 6A
01072 Dresden
UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham