This paper describes the results of a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of a pipe junction consisting of a thermal sleeve subject to rapid temperature changes. The purpose of the analysis was to utilise derived Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) temperatures to calculate stresses on the pressure boundary and thermal sleeve of a pipe junction.

Several transient events were modelled and analysed. Work was then carried out in accordance with the relevant articles of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section III, sub-section NB. Work included, design, hydrotest, Level A (including fatigue) and simplified elastic plastic assessments, however not presented within this paper.

The likely fracture performance of the pressure boundary was also investigated, however are also not presented within this paper.

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