Conference Paper

Commercialisation of impression creep testing



Impression creep testing is a technique in which the deformation resulting from load applied via a rectangular indenter can be converted relatively straightforwardly into a proxy for creep minimum strain rate. This offers a valuable route to assess the creep performance ranking of in-service high temperature plant materials for a number of reasons: the small specimen size makes extraction feasible without significantly affecting the structural integrity of plant; the possibility to test a single specimen at several stresses or temperatures enables multiple assessments; and, increasingly, the maturity of underlying technical understanding and quality of results increases confidence in the technique. However, the method is not without challenges, in particular the capital and running costs associated with servo-electric test rigs. Development of a bespoke deadweight loaded testing system at Wood (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler) has enabled commercially sustainable impression creep testing, which has been successfully applied to ex-plant Grade 91 steel.


impression creepcreep strengthsmall specimen testingstrength rankinglifetime assessmentGrade 91 steel316H stainless steeldeadweight loadingcommercial testing
  • Year: 2018
  • Volume: 1 Issue: S1
  • Page/Article: 19
  • DOI: 10.5334/uproc.19
  • Published on 10 Sep 2018