Conventional analysis of tubesheets in nuclear steam generators involves elastic analysis of a solid plate with equivalent properties. It has recently been recognized that alternate design techniques such as inelastic finite element analysis would lead to substantial cost reductions in material and manufacturing. Due to the anisotropy, arriving at yield criteria for an equivalent solid tubesheet is more complicated than for an isotropic solid. In addition, applying plastic finite element analysis in design is significantly more complex and time-consuming than elastic analysis. This paper proposes a relatively simple method to perform tubesheet collapse analysis. An anisotropic yield criterion is applied in conjunction with the classical lower-bound theorem of limit analysis and repeated elastic analyses involving elastic modulus modification. Two yield criteria are examined, namely Hill’s yield criterion and a recently suggested compressible fourth-order yield function. The collapse load predictions of the lower-bound equivalent solid methods are compared with the elastic-plastic finite element collapse load of the equivalent solid and of the actual perforated tubesheet.
Efficient Tubesheet Design Using Repeated Elastic Limit Analysis Technique
Contributed by the Pressure Vessels and Piping Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF PRESSURE VESSEL TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received by the PVP Division, March 16, 2000; revised manuscript received October 13, 2000. Editor: S. Y. Zamrik.
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Reinhardt, W. D., and Mangalaramanan, S. P. (October 13, 2000). "Efficient Tubesheet Design Using Repeated Elastic Limit Analysis Technique ." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. May 2001; 123(2): 197–202. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1359526
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