The research of the stress-strain state with local thinning in pipelines and determination of allowable values of concentration stress and strain

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Relevance. The nuclear power plant contains a large number of equipment and pipelines subject to flow acceleration corrosion. As a result of a combination of various parameters - sizes (diameters, wall thickness), operational parameters (internal pressure, temperature), steels and elements types - the number of design cases is tens of thousands, without counting the possible forms of thinning. The process of maintenance and repair at the stations are doing an assessment of the accordance of actual and allowable values of wall thicknesses. The ensuring safe operations of equipment and pipelines have been introduced correction functions for regulatory functions, taking into account the forms of thinning, to determine the permissible thinning. The aim of the work. The task is to determine the influence of the forms and types of thinning on the stress-strain state and to determine the most critical thinning for straight sections of pipelines subject to flow acceleration corrosion taking into account emergency conditions. Methods. The allowable values of stress concentration factors (deformations) of pipelines subject without flow acceleration corrosion was determined taking into account allowable values, the requirements of the federal norms and rules for emergency operating conditions. For researches of the stress concentration coefficients were used the finite element method and analytical methods for various shapes, sizes and depths of thinning. Results. A method has been developed, that allows getting the maximum allowable values of stress concentration factors (deformations) for emergency operation, which afford to determine the maximum allowable depth of thinning in emergency conditions - an above criterion. The researches have been carried out definition of the stress concentration factors for local thinning with various types of these thinning. The functions of concentration coefficients depending on the geometric parameters of local thinning wall thickness were determined for a straight section of the pipeline. As a result of the research, the dependences of the sizes of thinning on the concentration coefficients for straight pipelines were created and a master-curve was obtained. The researches were carried out take into account the load from internal pressure and bending moment.

About the authors

Dmitry A. Kuzmin

All-Russian Research Institute for Nuclear Power Plants Operation

Author for correspondence.
25 Ferganskaya St., Moscow, 109507, Russian Federation

PhD, head of NPP Reliability Division

Anastasia V. Andreenkova

All-Russian Research Institute for Nuclear Power Plants Operation

25 Ferganskaya St., Moscow, 109507, Russian Federation

master's degree, engineer of 1 category


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