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Journal: Applied Engineering Letters (Vol.3, No. 1)

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Page : 13-19

Keywords : Cracks; creep; fatigue; plastic analysis; lifetime.;

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Micro cracks have been found near some of the welds on the pipe unit. This paper investigates the root cause of this damage and suggests improvements to prevent such damage from occurring. The investigation includes several simulations using Pipestress and Ansys Mechanical, a welding and materials investigation, and a more theoretical creep investigation using the Larson-Miller parameter. A sensitivity study of the outlet pigtail installation and support configuration is performed as well as a cyclic plastic analysis. A complementary analysis of the catalyst tubes, inlet and outlet system shows that the only areas where the stress and strain indicate an elevated risk of damage are the areas around the ends of the outlet pigtails. Suggested improvements include reconfiguration and load reduction of constant hanger supports, improving welding procedures in order to lower residual stresses and undertake more material and on site investigations to verify causes of failure.

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