The fatigue life-time propagation of the connection elements of long-term operated hydro turbines considering material degradation

Abstract


The work deals with development of a new approach for forecasting a high-cycle fatigue life-time of bolted connection of hydro turbines runner. Operation of hydro turbines on normal operation condition does not lead to high stresses rates in bolted connection. However the high cycle fatigue failures have been occurred. High rates stresses occur in bolted connection in transient (start/stop) regimes of hydro turbines operation. The frequency of transient regimes occurrence depends from many factors and defined in this paper as a random function of time. Long-time bolted connection operation lead to natural degradation of material (aging). The degradation process is also a random process of time. So, this work pays attention to developing stochastic mathematical model of damage accumulation that take into account stochastic nature of degradation process and frequency of transient regimes occurrence. Application of the developed models is shown on real engineering example. Degradation of properties has been modeled as a process of the reduction of fatigue (endurance) limit in time. Kinetics of damage accumulation is introduced in the context of the effective stress concept. Mathematical expectation, correlation function and the continuum damage parameter variance have been obtained as functions of time. Analysis of the influence of natural aging process on statistical parameters of damage accumulation as well as on the life-time has been carried out. The stress-strain state of bolted connection is determined by finite element method.

About the authors

O O Larin

National Technical University «Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute», Department of Dynamics and Strength of Machines, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Email: alexeya.larin@gmail.com
21, Frunze st., 61002, Kharkiv, Ukraine Ph.D. in Technical Sciences, Assoc. Professor, Department of Dynamics and Strength of Machines, National Technical University «Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute»

O I Trubayev

National Technical University «Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute», Department of Dynamics and Strength of Machines, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Email: trubayev@gmail.com
21, Frunze st., 61002, Kharkiv, Ukraine Ph.D. in Technical Sciences, Assoc. Professor, Department of Dynamics and Strength of Machines, National Technical University «Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute»

O O Vodka

National Technical University «Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute», Department of Dynamics and Strength of Machines, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Email: a_vodka@mail.ru
21, Frunze st., 61002, Kharkiv, Ukraine Ph.D. student, Department of Dynamics and Strength of Machines, National Technical University «Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute»

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