英文期刊

Life prediction of steam generator tubing due to stress corrosion crack using Monte Carlo Simulation, Nuclear Engineering and Design, 2011, 241(10): 4289-4298




作者: Jun Hu, Fei Liu, Guangxu Cheng, Zaoxiao Zhang
发表/完成日期: 2011-10-01
期刊名称: Nuclear Engineering and Design
期卷: 241(10)
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Abstract
The failure of steam generator tubing is one of the main accidents that seriously affects the availability and safety of a nuclear power plant. In order to estimate the probability of the failure, a probabilistic model was established to predict the whole life-span and residual life of steam generator (SG) tubing. The failure investigated was stress corrosion cracking (SCC) after the generation of one through-wall axial crack. Two failure modes called rupture mode and leak mode based on probabilistic fracture mechanics were considered in this proposed model. It took into account the variance in tube geometry and material properties, and the variance in residual stresses and operating conditions, all of which govern the propagations of cracks. The proposed model was numerically calculated by using Monte Carlo Simulation (MCS). The plugging criteria were first verified and then the whole life-span and residual life of the SG tubing were obtained. Finally, important sensitivity analysis was also carried out to identify the most important parameters affecting the life of SG tubing. The results will be useful in developing optimum strategies for life-cycle management of the feedwater system in nuclear power plants.

Highlights
► A life prediction model for SG tubing was proposed. ► The initial crack length for SCC was determined. ► Two failure modes called rupture mode and leak mode were considered. ► A probabilistic life prediction code based on Monte Carlo method was developed.


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