Validated prediction of weld residual stresses in austenitic steel pipe girth welds before and after thermal ageing, part 2: Modelling and validation

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An extensive finite element simulation campaign was undertaken to examine the complete manufacturing history and high temperature thermal ageing of thick-walled girth-welded austenitic steel pipes fabricated from Esshete 1250 austenitic steel. The simulations examined the impacts of prior quenching of pipe material, fabrication of closely adjacent welds, and axial restraint during welding. The simulations considered both simple isotropic and kinematic hardening behaviour, and a large matrix of Lemaitre-Chaboche mixed isotropic-kinematic hardening material constitutive models, with a focus on examining the most accurate evolutionary hardening behaviour for weld metal. High temperature (650°C) service exposure was modelled using an RCC-MR type creep model, and the sensitivity of the predicted relaxation to variability in the model parameters was assessed. The predicted residual stresses were validated using measurements made with the deep hole and incremental deep hole drilling techniques and the contour method.

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Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping
Early online date20 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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