When a crack is detected in a pipe during in-service inspection, the failure estimation method given in the codes such as ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section XI non-mandatory Appendix C or JSME S NA-1-2008 Appendix E-8 can be applied to assess the integrity of the pipe. In the current editions of these codes, the failure estimation method is provided for bending moment and pressure. Torsion load is assumed to be relatively small and is not considered in the method. In this paper, finite element analyses are conducted for 24-inch stainless steel pipe with a circumferential surface crack subjected to the combined bending and torsion moments, focusing on large and pure torsion moments. Based on the analysis results, a prediction method for plastic collapse under the combined loading conditions of bending and torsion is proposed for the entire range of torsion moments.

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