The circumferential flaw evaluation procedures in ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section XI nonmandatory Appendix C are currently limited to straight pipes under pressure and bending loads without consideration of torsion loading. The Working Group on Pipe Flaw Evaluation of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code is developing guidance for considering the effects of torsion by a mean of an equivalent bending moment, which is a square root of sum square combination of bending moment and torsion load with a weighted factor for torsion moment. A torsion weighted factor, Ce, is established in this paper using large strain finite element limit load analysis with elastic perfectly plastic materials. Planar flaws and nonplanar flaws in a 10.75 in. (273 mm) OD pipe are investigated. Additionally, a finite element J-integral calculation is performed for a planar through wall circumferential flaw with elastic plastic materials subjected to bending and torsion load combinations. The proposed Ce factor for planar flaws is intended for use with the ASME B&PV Code Section XI, Appendix C for limit load and Elastic Plastic Fracture Mechanics (EPFM) circumferential planar flaw evaluations.

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