Acta Metallurgica Sinica (English Letters) ›› 2011, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (3): 175-182.DOI: 10.11890/1006-7191-113-175

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Creep and creep-fatigue behavior of high chromium steel weldment

Yukio TAKAHASHI1,Masaaki TABUCHI2   

  1. 1. Materials Science Laboratory, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Yokosuka,Kanagawa 240-0196, Japan
    2. National Institute of Material Sciences, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, Japan
  • Received:2010-12-01 Revised:2011-03-04 Online:2011-06-25 Published:2011-06-13
  • Contact: Yukio TAKAHASHI

Abstract: Strength of welded joints of high chromium steels is one of the important concerns for fabricators and operators of ultra supercritical thermal power plants.  A number of creep as well as creep-fatigue tests with tensile hold have been carried out on the welded joints of two types of high chromium steels widely used in Japan, i.e. Grade 91 and 122 steels.  It was found that failure occurred in fine grain heat-affected zone in all the creep-fatigue tests, even at a relatively low temperature and fairly short time where failure occurred in plain base metal region in simple creep testing.  Four procedures were used to predict failure lives and their results were compared with the test results. A newly proposed energy-based approach gave the best estimation of failure life, without respect of the material and temperature.

Key words: Creep, Creep-fatigue, High chromium steel, Life prediction, Welded joint