Intergranular Fracture of Steam Generator Tubes
A power plant using two steam generators (vertical U-tube and shell heat exchangers, approximately 21 m (68 ft) high with a steam drum diameter of 6 m (20 ft)) experienced a steam generator tube rupture. Each steam generator contained 11,012 Inconel alloy 600 (nickel-base alloy) tubes measuring 19 mm OD, nominal wall thickness of 1.0 mm (0.042 in.), and average length of 18 m (57.75 ft). The original operating temperature of the reactor coolant was 328 deg C (621 deg F). A tube removal effort was conducted following the tube rupture event. Investigation (visual inspection, SEM fractographs, and micrographs)...
Intergranular Fracture of Steam Generator Tubes, ASM Failure Analysis Case Histories: Power Generating Equipment, ASM International, 2019, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.fach.power.c0090881
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