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Reference Number EP/J015431/1
Title Potential Drop Monitoring of Creep Damage
Status Completed
Energy Categories Nuclear Fission and Fusion(Nuclear Fission, Nuclear supporting technologies) 25%;
Not Energy Related 50%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electric power conversion) 25%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor P Cawley
No email address given
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 31 December 2012
End Date 30 December 2015
Duration 36 months
Total Grant Value £284,148
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing
Region London
Programme NC : Engineering
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor P Cawley , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr CM Davies , Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , E.ON New Build and Technology Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , RWE Generation (0.000%)
Project Contact , Rolls-Royce PLC (0.000%)
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Abstract Managing creep is a major issue in the power and other industries, particularly as plant ages, but there is currently no satisfactory method for in-situ monitoring the of progress of creep damage. The proposers have recently conducted a feasibility study that has shown that the progress of creep can be tracked by monitoring the evolution of potential drop anisotropy between directions parallel to and perpendicular to the loading direction. The technique is potentially a very simple method of monitoring creep, but several fundamental issues must be addressed before the method can be applied in industry. To date, only nominally homogeneous, ferritic steels have been tested, and these exhibit significant voiding during creep. Other important materials such as stainless steels can exhibit less voiding so it is necessary to understand better the mechanism of the evolution of the potential drop anisotropy and to investigate its applicability to austenitic steels and nickel base super alloys. In addition, creep often occurs at welds, so it is necessary to determine how the intrinsic conductivity difference between the base metal and the weld affects the apparent anisotropy measured by directional potential drop measurements, and also whether different thermally-induced microstructural evolution in these different microstructures leads to spurious apparent anisotropy changes, and hence limits the detectability of creep damage in welds and their neighbourhood. While monitoring using a permanently attached probe is attractive in some applications, in others such as turbine blades, it is not feasible so it is necessary to investigate whether a deployable probe can be used. This proposal seeks funds to address these scientific and engineering issues, and so to produce a new creep monitoring technique that will particularly benefit the power and related industries
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