Remnant life assessment of service-exposed pendent superheater tubes

Ray, Ashok K and Tiwari, Y N and Sinha, S K and Singh, Raghubir and Chaudhuri, S (2002) Remnant life assessment of service-exposed pendent superheater tubes. Engineering Failure Analysis, 9 (1). pp. 83-92.

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Remnant life assessment and life extension has become an integral part of plant maintenance activities, Cr–Mo steels are widely used in thermal power plants at a temperature of about 550°C. This paper deals with the high temperature tensile and creep rupture properties of 1Cr–0.5Mo steels for pendent superheater tubes in a boiler of a thermal power plant after five years service exposure for 43,000 h. Based on stress vs Larson Miller Parameter plot and at the operating hoop stress level, the pendent superheater tubes in general are found to be in a good state of health and can continue to remain in service for a length of 10 years, provided the temperature of the tube is brought down below 500°C. This observation may not be true for those selected tubes where already expansion in the diameter has taken place. Such tubes should be identified and replaced. In the case that it is not possible to bring down the temperature below 500°C, it may be desirable to use a superior grade of material like 2.25Cr–1Mo or 9Cr–1Mo steel. A thicker tube of the same grade may also be considered provided the overall load of the panel does not exceed the limit. It is, however, recommended that a similar health check be carried out after five years.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Service-exposed; Superheaters; Creep rupture; Tensile properties; Remaining life
Divisions:Material Science and Technology
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