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Defect Tolerance Assessment (DTA) and Life Assessment of Turbine Rotor

Posted by Dr Ninh Nguyen on 2 February 2017

Defect Tolerance Assessment (DTA)

I ( Ninh Nguyen) have had and two articles presented at the WTIA and IEAust conferences and published in the WTIA welding journals.

The first article

Fitness-for-service and defect tolerance assessment solutions for cracked components to remain in service

This paper describes the application of the FFS/DTA methodology to assist plant asset managers in dealing with cracks that
have been detected in in-service components, particularly those in the power, petrochemical, mining and transport industries.
Several state-of-the-art structural integrity assessment procedures such as AS/NZS 3788, BS7910, R5-R6 and API-579-1/
ASME FFS-1 are described and discussed; and their application to practical situations using the principles of FFS/DTA is illustrated
through a series of selected case studies. The usefulness, effectiveness and versatility of this fracture-mechanics based
methodology for examination of in-service cracked components is amply demonstrated.

read more starting at page 44

Featured in the Australasian Welding Journal Welding Research Supplement

The second article

Remaining life assessment of a high pressure turbine rotor

This paper describes finite element and fracture mechanics based modelling work that provides a useful tool for evaluation of the remaining life of a high pressure (HP) steam turbine rotor that had experienced thermal fatigue cracking. An axis-symmetrical model of a HP rotor was constructed. Steam temperature, pressure and rotor speed data from startups and shut downs were used for the thermal and stress analysis. Operating history and inspection records were used to benchmark the damage experienced by the rotor.

Fracture mechanics crack growth analysis was carried out to evaluate the remaining life of the rotor under thermal cyclic loading conditions. The work confirmed that the fracture mechanics approach in conjunction with finite element modelling provides a useful tool for assessing the remaining life of high temperaturecomponents in power plants.

read more starting at page 8



Dr Ninh NguyenAuthor:Dr Ninh Nguyen
About: Dr Ninh Nguyen is a Senior Mechanical Engineer of HRL Technology. He has more than 25 years’ experience in consultancy and R&D in power and welding engineering, working with power stations around Australia and overseas, providing technical consultancy on structural integrity, failure investigation, fitness-for-service/defect tolerance assessment and remaining life of boiler and turbine components.
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