When class 300 flange bolted joints are held at temperatures in the material creep range, it is documented that the bolt loads can relax. Tests and analysis are being performed with the goal of developing a validated FEA simulation approach to predicting the impact of creep on the bolt loads. The bolt load and gasket geometry are evaluated upon bolt up and after being heated to 1100 deg F. Tests are performed with and without a gasket to separate the impact of the gasket relaxation and flange material creep. The results of the tests and analysis approaches will be presented.
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