Boilers and pressure vessels are heavily used in chemical industrial plants and equipment is inspected periodically for damage. The most common type of damage is wall thinning due to Flow-Accelerated Corrosion (FAC) or corrosion under insulation (CUI). Any damage must be repaired or replaced as necessary. On the other hand, optimization of the time required in order to replace damaged equipment by evaluating the load carrying capacity of pipes with wall thinning is expected in chemical industrial field. In the present study, FE analysis is used in order to evaluate the load carrying capacity in pipes with wall thinning. Burst pressure is a measure of the load carrying capacity in pipes with wall thinning. The pipes subjected to burst testing are carbon steel tubes for pressure service STPG370 (JIS G3454). The examined wall thinning is rectangular, and the eroded depth is half the pipe wall thickness. The burst pressure is investigated by comparing the results of burst testing with the results of FE analysis. Moreover, the reduced maximum allowable working pressure (MAWPr), which is calculated by fitness-for-service (FFS) assessment, and the safety margin for burst pressure are investigated. The burst pressure calculated by FEA agrees well with the test results, except for square wall thinning for circumferential angles of less than 15°. Also, the safety margin of MAWPr based on FFS-1 Part 4 is over 4.0 times for burst pressure.

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