Numerical schemes based on the stress compensation method framework for creep rupture assessment

Peng, Heng and Liu, Yinghua and Chen, Haofeng (2020) Numerical schemes based on the stress compensation method framework for creep rupture assessment. European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids. ISSN 0997-7538 (In Press)

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Evaluation of creep rupture limit and prediction of creep rupture life are two significant issues for high-temperature devices under the action of cyclic thermo-mechanical loadings. In this paper, the shakedown solution procedure proposed recently by the authors, so-called stress compensation method (SCM), is extended for creep rupture assessment via an extended shakedown theory including creep. Two distinct numerical schemes based on the SCM framework are presented, where Scheme 1 is utilised for evaluation of creep rupture limit and Scheme 2 is utilised for prediction of creep rupture life. Instead of using the detailed creep constitutive equations, the present methods just need to know several material parameters including the creep rupture data. A holed plate is provided as a typical example to validate the reliability of two numerical schemes. Detailed cycle-by-cycle analyses are carried out to illustrate the good accuracy of these calculated creep rupture limits and reveal the failure mechanisms of the structure under different combinations of loads. A numerical study on a pipe junction is also conducted to show the engineering application of the methods. As a result, the two numerical schemes are proved to be effective and reliable for solving practical industrial problems.