Piping components in power plants may experience combined bending and torsion moments during operation. There is a lack of guidance for pipe evaluation for pipes with local wall-thinning flaws under the combined bending and torsion moments. ASME boiler and pressure vessel (B&PV) Code Section XI Working Group is currently developing fully plastic bending pipe evaluation procedures for pressurized piping components containing local wall thinning subjected to combined torsion and bending moments. Using elastic fully plastic finite element (FE) analyses, plastic collapse bending moments under torsions were obtained for 4 (114.3)–24 (609.6) in. (mm) diameter pipes with various local wall-thinning flaw sizes. The objective of this paper is to introduce an equivalent moment, which combines torsion and bending moments by a vector summation, and to establish the applicable range of wall-thinning lengths, angles, and depths, where the equivalent moments are equal to pure bending collapse moments.

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