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A LABORATORY FOR THE HIGH-TEMPERATURE
CREEP TESTING OF METALS AND ALLOYS
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A LABORATORY FOR THE HIGH-TEMPERATURE CREEP TESTING

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UNCLASSIFIED CONTENTS Gaseous and Vacuum Creep Testing Machines Specimen Design 1 5 Operational Problems Liquid-Metal Creep-Testing Equipment 5 15 Tube Burst Testing Apparatus Conclusions 23 23 Acknowledgments 29 UNCLASSIFIED .

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Side arms were provided to allow for optical measurement of the specimen extension. Manly and R. A dial to design and build such equipment at ORNL. and has no internal sources of contamination is required for both the controlled atmosphere and the vacuum-environment work. the environment most commonly encountered in engineering appli cations. Douglas The. this particular equipment is approxi deg. or in a liquid-metal bath. Pull rods con nected to and extending through the two bellows make it possible to introduce a load on the speci men inside the chamber. Thermo couples are wired to the specimen. Battelle Memorial Institute was used to optically measure the extension of specimens during creep by means of a pair of dovetailed platinum alloy strips. jet engines. impervious. Oliver. It is desirable to compensate for this variable stress by exerting an equal varying force in the opposite direction so that the tare . It was realized. however. In the field of nuclear engineering. by W. which were attached over the gage length and referenced so that measurements could be fore a program was initiated for the specific investigation of the effect of various environments on the high-temperature creep properties of metals. various glands. External shunts were provided to allow for adjustment of the vertical temperature gradients. free of atmospheric diffusion. specimen.A LABORATORY FOR THE HIGH-TEMPERATURE CREEP TESTING OF METALS AND ALLOYS IN CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS D. structural materials at elevated tempera tures must be compatible with gases. Figure 1 illustrates the final design of the chamber used for testing in gaseous environ ments. and liquid metals. in vacuum. In order to satisfy these requirements it was neces optical method of measuring extension introduces the problem of human error. In the hands of experienced personnel this system is capable of detecting strain in the order of 5 x 10 in. which require structural materials that are capable of withstanding increasingly higher and higher temperatures. the prevention of environmental contamination and the lack of main sary to devise a strong. water-jacketed on the ends to allow sufficient cooling for the brass bellows and for the rubber O-rings utilized as seals. A. Manly to compensate for the heat losses at the ends of the tube and along the side arms. Around the core the heating elements were wound in such a way as the pull rod will cause a constantly varying force to be exerted on the specimen by the bellows as it travels from a compressed position to an ex tended one. With the bottom pull rod anchored in place the specimen can be stressed by application of a load to the top bellows through a lever arm and a weight-pan system. which could be heated uniformly to any desired temperature and in which strain and temperature measurements could be made on a stressed test tenance problems are thought to more than offset this disadvantage. eliminate Space considerations and the need to all internal sources of contamination liquids. Therefore it was necessary made with a microscope. The corresponding movement of metal tube. that the behavior of metals in air would not necessarily reflect their behavior in these other environments. Although much work has been done in creep testing and data have been made avail able for most of the known materials considered W. No commercial machines were available for testing specimens in pure gases. determination of creep properties of metals and alloys has become increasingly important during the past decade as interest has increased in steam turbines. almost all data have been obtained in air. Figure 2 shows the specimen connected to the top bellows. and nuclear reactors. and the leads are brought out to a junction box through rubber practical for high-temperature operations. GASEOUS AND VACUUM CREEP TESTING MACHINES gage attached to the pull rod outside the test chamber acts as a rough check on the micrometer microscope readings. there ruled out conventional extensometers utilizing A method developed by electronic signals. B. test chamber. the chamber consists of a thick-walled It is of creeps the which on mately 16 course obvious that as a specimen lever arm will travel through an arc. Figure 3 is a view of the scribed platinum strip from which the extension measurements are made. D. Although this A testing chamber that is leaktight. D. with the platinum strip and thermocouples in place ready for assembly in the test chamber.

Creep Frames for Testing in Gaseous Environments. 1.Fig. .

. Extensometer. 2.Fig. Thermocouples. Assembly of Specimen. and Pull Rods with the Top Bellows Flange.

Gage of a Specimen with Platinum Strip Extensometer in Place.Fig. . 3.

as shown in Fig. Since the vacuum test is a particularly slow system to In comparing the environmental effect of pure gases — in this investigation. 299T-302T (July 1955). Above the panel board is the alarm system. 8 and 9. tend to allow for general self-alignment during loading of the specimen. and argon . One important modification consisted in introducing a manual control for the rate-of-droop correction to allow for a slower reset rate. especially modification of the low temperatures.. Figure 5 shows the slightly different setup required for the vacuum-testing work. SPECIMEN DESIGN arm of this force will then vary with the angular position of the lever arm.on the system will be constant in any lever-arm position. Corrosion 11. it was believed. 250 w. shown in Figs. 1951). it appeared obvious that for the sake of uniformity of the specimen design the flat specimen with the pin connection was the more desirable. an important factor in the investigation of environ mental effects. Early detection of significant trends. Instr. The pin-type connection in the sheet specimen would. Considerable outgassing occurs during the heating-up period at the start of the test. . With the simple jig and the milling cutter. The vacuum is monitored during test with a Phillips ion gage. Since screw joint connections could not be used in tests in liquid metals because of galling and self-welding problems. it is pos sible to machine about 12 specimens of the sheet type in the length of time required to machine one round bar specimen.5°F. ground to the proper radius. An oil diffusion pump (VMF-80-06. left is a 100-point precision indicator and is used to obtain a precise temperature reading from each thermocouple in the test. A complete discussion of the problems involved in setting up the instrumentation for the test gas. Instrumentation for a Precision Creep Testing Laboratory. study was given to this problem before the final configuration. a set temperature level in the range 1000 to 1800°F can be maintained 2. The moment this laboratory is given in a report by J. Soc. it is. immediately after assembly and again after the test has reached temperature. hydrogen. The standard procedure is to make a careful check for leaks. who worked out many of the control difficulties. some DAT unit was required. Temperature itself plays an important role in all types of creep testing. the variable tare of the bellows can The selection of the type of specimen geometry was considered most important. with a proper adjustment of the height of the weight above the lever arm. and. 6. 150 cc) used in conjunction with a mechanical fore pump pro vides a test atmosphere averaging 0. and considerable be exactly counterbalanced. nitrogen. which gives both an audible and visible signal whenever a serious over or under temperature condition exists.1 a former instrument engineer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Am. was more apt to be achieved in the sheet-type specimen because of its large surface-area-to-volume ratio.03 /x. 4). This can be accomplished by counterweighting the lever arm with a weight above the center line of the pivots (Fig. of course. Lundholm. The unit cost of machining the specimens. Jr. Lundholm. 1. and it is necessary to predicate the rate of heating on the over-all capacity of the vacuum pumping system. also. 18. 3. Figure 6 is a view of one of the The instrument on the was lower with the sheet-type specimen. There were several factors which led to the selection of a flat sheet type of specimen rather than the more conventional round specimen for the test program. Proc. G. an important consideration since it was envisioned that hundreds of such specimens would be needed. Brush.with that of air. In all environmental work the use of a helium leak detector is a necessity in order to ensure the integrity of the atmosphere. within ±1. 7. 43 (1951). The proper cali bration can be accurately determined by mounting strain gages on a dummy specimen and assemblying the specimen in the test rig. 2E. necessary to completely eliminate oxygen from respond at to temperature fluctuations. In the case of hydrogen the con ventional method of using a platinum catalyst coupled with magnesium perchlorate drying tubes J. With the use of a Leeds & Northrup duration-adjust-type controller (DAT) and a Speedomax recorder. ORNL-1044 (Oct. OPERATIONAL PROBLEMS instrument panel boards showing the location of recorders and controllers. was decided upon.

UNCLASSIFIED ORNL-LR-DWG 14673 COUNTER WEIGHT AC. .AC = VARIABLE MOMENT ARM OF THE COUNTER WEIGHT B = C = POINT OF ACTION OF VARYING BELLOWS FORCE FULCRUM D — POINT OF ACTION OF LOAD Fig. 4. Diagram of a Lever-Arm System Counterweighted Above the Center Line.

Creep Frames for Testing in Vacuum. 5.Fig. .

.Fig. 6. Instrument Panel.

which. This method of purifying nitrogen to the point where it is introduced into the test chamber. to prevent chimney effects tivity of this test. the extensive use of the helium leak detector made it mandatory that the background of helium be kept at a low level to ensure the sensi temperature properties of this alloy. One environmental effect not under investigation but which caused trouble on two occasions was will prevent the discoloration of a specimen during test. such as vanadium or molybdenum. DRILL Fig. 7. Type 316 stainless steel contains just enough molybdenum to make its behavior unpredictable. of catastrophic oxidation. it has to be bubbled through a packed column of a sodium-potassium alloy which is liquid at room temperature in order for a large portion of the oxygen to be removed. The gas is then passed through a similar unit containing sodium at 250°C. Figure 10 is a design drawing of one of the hot sodium purification units. Figures 11 and 12 A. This phenomenon is very prone to occur in materials containing alloying elements.500 in. As a result the air surrounding the core is quite static. which have been found to be capable of continuous service for a number of years before along the outer surface. is sufficient to prevent the test pieces from scaling or discoloring during test. provide an equally good environment.UNCLASSIFIED ORNL-LR-DWG (4674 H in. thus providing an ideal atmosphere for the initiation of cata replacement becomes necessary. the gas as it emerges from the unit is maintained . deS. Little is accom plished by this type of purification unit unless extreme care is taken to ensure that the purity of strophic oxidation. at this Laboratory. which is heavily contaminated with oxygen when purchased from commercial vendors. however. Although argon can be procured with a very low level of contamination. Argon. The original material selected for the construction of the test chamber core was type 316 stainless steel. Nitrogen. Sheet-Type Creep Specimen. necessitated the use of 50 ft of connecting tubing. Grant. & -V2 in. in order to maintain the rigid tempera ture control required.00tin. Brasunas and N. Soc. Metals 44. This decision was based on the ease of fabrication and the high- course. Helium would. 0. 3V. whose oxides are quite volatile. was selected as an environment in which base-line data could be determined. Am. The original installation of such tubing must be followed very closely to make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned and degreased and that no flux or other sources of contamination are introduced into the system during the final fabrication. -4% in. struction of the furnace In the con it is around the core necessary. poses a more difficult problem. 1117-1149 (1952).^ ( % in. because of its inert nature. it was found that test specimens would not retain a bright tarnish-free surface unless additional puri fication was provided.6 ~%in. J. Trans. ±0.

Jigs and Cutters for Machining Creep Specimens.UNCLASSIFIED PHOTO 9843 I 8 ff i im Si ^4j L Fig. . 8.

Setup for Multiple Milling of Sheet-Type Creep Specimens. . 9.Fig.

UNCLASSIFIED ORNL-IR-DWG 14675 OUTLET LINE £ LIQUID DEFLECTORS LIQUID PUMP COLUMNS LIQUID LEVEL LIQUID RETURN LINE STRIP HEATERS AND INSULATION NLET LINE LIQUID LEVEL Fig. Liquid-Metal Gas Purification Unit. 10. 12 .

Oxidized Metal Liner from Gaseous Test Chamber. OJ . 11.UNCLASSIFIED Y-12547 Fig.

unclassified Y-15607 Fig. 14 . Oxidized Metal Liner from Gaseous Test Chamber Near Water-cooled Head. 12.

for subsize specimens or conventional specimens tested at low stresses. The specimen and the pul l-rod components fit inside." which is sufficiently large for its deformation under load to be neglected. The main shift in design philosophy from that used with the gaseous creep apparatus was the recognition of the complexities that would be involved in trying to devise a bottom closure so that the pull rod could be anchored outside the liquid-metal container. have suffered from this defect.this "compression tube. Fig. Another problem which became evident during the early part of the test program was that. A capped. not only to provide the proper test conditions but also to afford protection to operating personnel. Figure 16 shows. schematically. is suspended from the top flange and serves as an anchor for the bottom pul l-rod. Al though only two chambers. the strain gage attached to the re duced section of the rod enables the operator to load the specimen incrementally by lowering the hydraulic jack. This shell encases a weight pan and hydraulic jack and allows for the direct loading of the standard sheet type of specimens to about 3000 psi. A lever-arm system is used to exert the load through a stainless steel bellows closure and can be counterweighted similar to the gaseous type of test apparatus. the inherent friction in the the specimen assembled in the test chamber. Thin-wall tubing is used as pivotal knife edges of the lever arm imposed a stress variation of sufficient magnitude to warrant correction. heavy-walled pipe with a flanged top acts as the container for the liquid metal. Figure 13 is a photo graph of the cylindrical shell. LIQUID-METAL CREEP-TESTING EQUIPMENT In designing the liquid-metal creep-testing equip ment it was necessary that the system be abso lutely leaktight. 13. therefore attention was given to the possibility of anchoring the pull rod inside. Cylinder Encasing Weights for Dead- Load Creep Tests. all subsequent chambers have been con structed of type 309 stainless steel. Figure 15 shows the component parts of the final design. in over four years of continuous operation. which can be attached to the bottom of the test chamber and sealed with the standard rubber O-rings. An easy solution to this problem appeared to be the installation of some type of dead-load device which would not disturb the purity of the environment. Figure 14 shows the isoelastic spring used to connect the bottom pull rod to the rod holding the weight pan.! illustrate the deterioration of one chamber in which the catastrophic oxidation reaction occurred. perforated to allow for circulation. 15 . A smaller diameter pipe.

14. and Weights for Incremental Loading in Dead-Load Creep Tests.UNCLASSIFIED Y-15916 Fig. 16 . Isoelastic Spring. Strain Gage.

fl5WWa*gJ=pK»*7*5 Fig. 15. 17 . Component Parts of Liquid-Metal Creep-testing Apparatus.

Assembly Drawing of Liquid-Metal Creep-testing Apparatus. 18 . 16.UNCLASSIFIED ORNL-LR-DWG 14676 BELLOWS INLET FOR COOLANT LIQUID METAL TEST SPECIMEN - Fig.

Jackson (ed. through which the liquid is introduced into the chamber.) (June 1952). When the liquid metal reaches the probe. Instead. or more from the actual gage of the specimen and the effects of ambient temperature cycles on a bellows cause considerable scattering in the data for the first 0. One pot is fastened to the front of the lever arm and the other to the back. The relatively large distance between the pull rod and center pivot of the lever arm makes it impractical to employ the counterweighting system described for the other lever-arm machines. It has been found that small amounts of oxygen or carbon contamination of the liquid-metal bath can produce substantial changes in the hightemperature properties of many materials. as evidenced by the needle moving from infinite resistance to essentially zero resistance. to completely clean not only the test specimen but all component parts which are in contact with ments above 0. Another very important precaution which must be strictly adhered to in this type of testing is that all metal surfaces exposed to the liquid metal be of the same material or at least be very similar in chemical composition. The lever arm is made of magnesium and is suspended by reeds to reduce the tare and friction in the system. down the inside wall to the required level. for heating the metal. The displacement of the mercury from one pot to the other in relation to the position of the lever arm can be regulated by shifting the positions of the pots to automatically counterbalance the changing spring load of the bellows. "dissimilar a corrosion phenomenon known as metal transfer" will occur with a detrimental effect either on the test specimen or on the accessory metal parts of the assembly. the actual test charge can be introduced with the assurance that chamber through a completely closed system. two small metal pots are partially filled with mercury and interconnected by two lengths of tubing. Although steam jets and acid dips have been tried.5% is good. The errors inherent in a measuring system that is dependent on the relative movement of parts 12 in. 19 . The reproducibility of strain measure disconnect them. The corrosive effects of liquid metals and their vapors made it necessary to position the strain measuring device outside the chamber. N. Liquid Metals Handbook. Figure 19 is a view of a number of the test machines now in operation. It has been found that differ ential pressure is the best motivating force for effecting the transfer of the molten metals from one container to another. the meter shows an instant response. B. Liquid Metals Handbook.5% strain. it is possible to reverse the pressure and force any liquid above the outlet of the tube back into the charging container.protective shields for the thermocouples to prevent their being attacked by the liquid metal. Figure 18 is a drawing illustrating the test rig used for low-stress tests. TID-5277 (July 1. A resistance meter is attached to the spark plug and grounded through the frame of the machine. After this batch is discharged.001-in.). the liquid environment. A 0. thus facilitating the ease of operation as well as providing the necessary leaktight integrity. dial gage is used to sense the movement of the pull rod above the bellows. and reliable design data can be obtained.-in-Chief). Figure 17 is a photo graph of the portable rig which contains the furnace and controllers. Swagelok fittings are used to connect the transfer lines to the test chamber and to Otherwise. 2d ed. An ordinary spark plug is welded to a length of metal rod. C. and the rod is introduced into the chamber through an appropriate seal in the top flange. before the test begins. 1955). The length of the probe is cut at the required level. and the tanks of gas and regulators to control the flow of the molten metal from the charge pot into the test chamber. The all contaminants have been removed. In this machine a lever arm with a 1:1 ratio is employed. Addi tional control of the level of the liquid can be obtained by bringing the charge line. After the signal has been observed on the resistance meter and the flow of metal has been stopped.4 It is therefore necessary. NAVEXOS P-733(rev. R. the most satisfactory cleaning method is to charge the assembled test chamber with the particular molten media of interest The liquid-metal test environment must be trans ferred from an outside container into the test and allow a soaking period at the test temperature. Lyon (Ed. level of this liquid medium must be carefully controlled so that the specimen will be entirely covered but the chamber will not be overfilled. A procedure has been developed which allows the operator to establish the precise level of the liquid desired. SodiumNaK Supplement.

17. 20 .Fig. Portable Rig for Charging and Discharging Liquid Metal in the Test Chambers.

18. 21 .UNCLASSIFIED ORNL-LR-DWG 14677 >THERMOCOUPLES 10 12 3 4 5 6 SCALE IN INCHES Fig. Assembly Drawing Showing the Counterweighting System on a 1:1 Lever Arm.

.Fig. 19. Six Liquid-Metal Creep-testing Frames.

A program of preventive maintenance has ensured uninterrupted operation of the tempera ture-controlling instruments. However. One end is sealed. On the left is the argon tank. the specimen. then. an pressure switch which signals failure of the speci men. The main drawback to this This equipment should be modified to improve the sensitivity of the extensometer system for the meas urement of strains of less than 1. Since establishing the time to rupture is very important. only in the axial direction. The reliability of the data obtained in the gaseous and vacuum type of creep machines compares favorably with that obtained from the conventional apparatus used for testing in air. The small cylindrical can is the solenoid It has been gratifying to the personnel in the Met allurgy Division to note that the equipment de scribed here has been used as a model by a number 23 . Figure 23 is a photo graph of a section of the panel board showing some of the temperature controllers and recorders. When a drop of from 10 to 15 lb in pressure occurs.0% of the available testing time that was lost was due either to the necessary disassembly of completed tests and ini tiation of new tests or to maintenance and repair. with the tangential or hoop stress being twice the stress in the axial direction. and pressure is introduced at the other end as a means of in gas from the argon tank. 21 so that the specimen can be stressed only in the tangential direction. be concerned with the high-temperature properties of structures utilizing this configuration. The data obtained in the liquid-metal test units show considerable scatter at 0.0%. Next in the line is the parts consist of pipe or tubing. About 5. after four years of almost continu ous service.-gage section. This cuts off the cycle timer and the clock which is recording the test time. and the Flexopulse cycle timers. With the stoppage of the cycle timer the solenoid valve re mains closed so that there is no excessive loss of apparatus was devised in which pipe or tubing could be tested in the environments of interest. and in many dif ferent environments. Figure 20 is a descriptive drawing showing the test cham ber. It is also possible to introduce cyclic stresses by alternately pressur CONCLUSIONS Through the use of the equipment described. and of discharging the molten metals are similar to those encountered in the lever-arm creep machines. The problems of measuring temperature. propagate through the wall of the specimen. all the major component parts are still in operation. The question naturally arises as to the reliability of data obtained from uniaxially stressed sheet specimens as design criteria for internally pres surized tubes. the clock timers. of filling the chamber. Under these conditions the stress system is biaxial. 24 has been obtained for a number of materials. The specimen consists of a length of tubing with a reduced wall thickness along a 2in. which is the pressure source. so that results must be compared on the basis of the total time to rupture. It is possible to modify this setup as shown in Fig. by inserting a sensitive pressure switch in the line from the pressure source to the specimen it is possible to detect the drop in pressure which occurs as the high-pressure gas in the specimen leaks out through the intergranular cracks which during the past four years only 2. The encasement of the specimen in a metal chamber containing a liquid metal or a pure gas re The life of this equipment cannot be accurately estimated.0% of the available testing time was lost in the operation of the liquid-metal test ma chines. considerable effort was made to determine the exact time that failure occurs. de sign information similar to the curves shown in Fig. or in any simple ratio of these two stress directions by changing the pressure on either side of the piston. In order to resolve this question. and the necessary accessories.5% strain and below. The flexibility of the test is one of its most attractive features. izing one side and then the other of the piston. Figure 22 is a photograph showing the test apparatus.TUBE-BURST TESTING APPARATUS In the design of nuclear reactors many component valve which periodically isolates the specimen from the pressure source so that the pressure will bleed down when failure occurs. ducing the stress in the specimen. Following the pressure switch is a long-scale pressure gage which enables the operator to accurately establish the desired pressure on the specimen. type of test is that there appears to be no feasible way of measuring deformation during the test. since. The records indicate that for the vacuum and gaseous test machines stricts the possible methods of determining failure. the Variacs. over a wide range of temperatures. the switch is activated and an electrical circuit is opened.0 to 7. The design engineer must.

ARGON OUTLET PRESSURE LINE ANGLE VALVE SIGHT FEED BUBBLER- THERMOCOUPLES SPECIMEN 1 ° ' 2 3 4 5 6 SCALE IN INCHES Fig.UNCLASSIFIED ORNL-LR-DWG 14678 . 24 . 20. Assembly Drawing of Tube-Burst Testing Apparatus.

21. Assembly Drawing of Strain-cycling Apparatus. 25 .UNCLASSIFIED ORNL-LR-DWG 14679 PISTON PRESSURE O-RING PISTON PRESSURE -COOLING WATER IN COOLING WATER OUT CONTAINER FOR TEST ENVIRONMENT- Fig.

Control Equipment Used for Tube-Burst Testing. 22. .Fig.

UNCLASSIFIED Y. 27 .§ i °8 Q B Fig. Instrumentation for Tube-Burst Testing. 13950 • s a • • * . 23.

000 10.000 TIME (hr) Fig.000 °= 5000 — 2000 1000 100 200 1000 2000 5000 10.UNCLASSIFIED CO ORNL-LR-DWG 14680 20. Typical Design Curves. . 24.

and most of the modifications have resulted from proposals by the excellent technician staff. Lundholm. ideas were gathered from many sources at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and from other testing laboratories around the country. Pate. which operates the equipment. Ohio. Con siderable assistance on the difficult design prob ACKNOWLEDGMENTS In the development of the various equipment for this laboratory. A. M. and the evolution of the lems was afforded by A. who was at that time in charge of the Mechanical Testing Group. be 29 . designs from their inception to their final form. longs chiefly to R. Tripp. B. Many improvements have been made in the equipment over the past four years. and J. Kasserman of the Engineering Department. However. formerly with the Instrument Department. M. The furnace used in the vacuum and gaseous creep rigs was designed by the Marshall Furnace Company of Columbus. was of invaluable assist ance in solving some of the complex instrumentation problems. W. Thus it is impossible to credit any one individual with the specific ideas which culminated in the equipment described. Oliver. credit for the syn thesis of all the ideas. J.of other laboratories who have become interested in thi s type of testing.