Thermo-Mechanical Stress Simulation of Unconstrained Region of Straight X20 Steam Pipe

S.A. Salifu, D.A. Desai, S. Kok, O.F. Ogunbiyi
2019 Procedia Manufacturing  
The thermo-mechanical stress, strain and temperature distribution across the thickness of X20 steam pipe at region less susceptible to thermo-mechanical failure was simulated using finite element analysis software, Abaqus. The mesh convergence studies conducted showed that 10 mm mesh size was suitable for the simulation. The temperature distribution profile across the thickness of Pyrogel showed that pyrogel is an excellent insulation jacket for steam pipes. The maximum stress value obtained
more » ... m the simulation shows that the pipe is operating below the yield strength of X20 steel at the region under study. Hence, the pipe's failure at this region due to thermo-mechanical stress or strain only is practically impossible over a long period of time. A deviation of 0.5% was found to exist between the analytical and simulated stress value obtained. This indicates a strong correlation between the simulated and analytical stress results.
doi:10.1016/j.promfg.2019.05.021 fatcat:dixcc3rzi5fdndsfrqluzio2ni