Conference Paper

Miniature creep tests using plate specimens bonded by electron beam welding



Many aged thermal power plants restarted to supply sufficient electricity for Japanese industries and daily activities after the seismic earthquake. Reasonable guidelines for assessment of their integrity and estimation of remaining life have been required to operate them with a safety margin. Miniature Creep (MC) test is recognized as a semi-destructive technique to examine the degradation level of aged high temperature components. The MC thin plate specimen of 2.25Cr-1Mo steel and the similar one welded by Electron Beam (EB) for gauge length were employed to evaluate the validity of the EB welded MC thin plate specimen. A series of creep tests using the MC thin plate specimens were conducted in vacuum at 600°C. Then, following conclusions were obtained: (1) Creep rupture lives of the MC thin plate specimens welded by the EB were nearly the same as those of standard ones. (2) Vickers’ hardness in the welded zone decreased in a short time after the test started and reached almost the same as or below that in the base metal. (3) Rupture lives of the EB welded MC thin plate specimen at higher stress levels were longer than those of the standard MC thin plate specimen.


Miniature Creep TestElectric Beam WeldingMiniature Thin Plate SpecimenVickers’ Hard- nessResidual Creep Life
  • Year: 2018
  • Volume: 1 Issue: S1
  • Page/Article: 30
  • DOI: 10.5334/uproc.30
  • Published on 10 Sep 2018