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Creep of Tubes under External Pressure

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29 tubes made of an E110 alloy for VVER and PWR reactors are subjected to creep tests under external pressure (temperature of 350 and 380°C, circumferential stress of 70–130 MPa, holding time up to 4250 h). Creep is found to be accelerated after deformation up to 0.9% and ovality up to b/a = 0.86 and is ended in the collapse of a tube. The equations of tube equilibrium and creep under pressure are generalized for tubes of any ovality (ellipses of any eccentricity). The solutions to these equations predict the presence of a general curve in the contour length–eccentricity coordinates and give tube instability conditions under pressure.

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Correspondence to E. E. Vorob’ev.

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Translated by K. Shakhlevich

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Vorob’ev, E.E., Peregud, M.M., Khokhunova, T.N. et al. Creep of Tubes under External Pressure. Russ. Metall. 2019, 1112–1124 (2019) doi:10.1134/S0036029519100392

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Keywords:

  • creep in tubes
  • E110 alloy
  • external pressure