Location

La Jolla, CA

Start Date

1-1-1989 12:00 AM

Description

Creep damage is known to affect the service life of fossil plant components. Nondestructive examination for the detection of such damage is important for assessing the remaining service life of the affected component. Ultrasonic methods have been investigated for use as inservice inspection tools in a project being funded by the Electric Power Research Institute (RP 1865–7). This on-going research has shown that the velocity of sound waves is altered by the material damage (cavitation at grain boundaries). The amount of change in the velocity can be correlated to the amount of damage. Other EPRI projects have developed a methodology to correlate the amount of cavitation to remaining service life of the material. Development of these ultrasonic methods will allow rapid performance of a volumetric examination during a short plant outage to detect the damage and estimate the remaining service life.

Volume

8B

Chapter

Chapter 9: Characterization of Materials

Section

Deformation and Fracture

Pages

1833-1840

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4613-0817-1_232

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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Detection of Creep Damage by Ultrasonics

La Jolla, CA

Creep damage is known to affect the service life of fossil plant components. Nondestructive examination for the detection of such damage is important for assessing the remaining service life of the affected component. Ultrasonic methods have been investigated for use as inservice inspection tools in a project being funded by the Electric Power Research Institute (RP 1865–7). This on-going research has shown that the velocity of sound waves is altered by the material damage (cavitation at grain boundaries). The amount of change in the velocity can be correlated to the amount of damage. Other EPRI projects have developed a methodology to correlate the amount of cavitation to remaining service life of the material. Development of these ultrasonic methods will allow rapid performance of a volumetric examination during a short plant outage to detect the damage and estimate the remaining service life.