Proceedings of PVP2005 Proceedings of PVP2005 2005 ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Division Conference 2005 ASME Pressure17

-21, 2005, Piping Division Conference Vessels and Denver, Colorado USA July July 17-21, 2005, Denver, Colorado USA

PVP2005-71131 PVP2005-71131
INELASTIC ANALYSIS OF DISSIMILAR MATERIAL FLANGES WITH METAL RING GASKETS AT ELEVATED TEMPERATURE
Takuya Sato Engineering Division JGC Corporation 2-3-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku Yokohama 220-6001, Japan Kenichiro Kado Mechanical Engineering Department Engineering Division JGC Corporation 2-3-1, Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku Yokohama 220-6001, Japan Two or three dimensional finite element analyses have been applied to investigate the complicated behavior of bolted flange connections considering the flexibility (rotation) of flanges, the gasket properties and the thermal conditions. In most of these investigations, the pipe flange connections with sheet gaskets or spiral wound gaskets are adopted, and the effects of internal pressure on the sealing performance are studied (2) – (6). The effects of bolting up procedure are also investigated in the same manner (7) – (8). In the case of elevated temperature operation, the temperature distribution might affect the sealing performance. Sawa et al discussed about this effect (9). When the temperature is very high, the effects of creep of flanges and bolts might become significant. Bouzid et al investigated the effect of creep (10). For the high pressure operation such as hydrogen process, the solid metal ring gaskets are commonly used to maintain perfect sealing. Brown et al studied about the cracking occurring at the corner of ring groove of the flange for FFS assessment (11). Most of above mentioned papers are the basic investigations comparing with the laboratory examination results. However, there are few investigations in which the behavior of bolted flange connections is simulated under the real plant conditions. The hydro-cracker unit is one of the typical high pressure and high temperature unit of refinery. The reactors and pressure vessels of this unit are made of a low alloy steel with a stainless steel clad or overlay on the inner surfaces of the vessels. On the other hand, the piping material is an austenite stainless steel. Under this condition, the dissimilar material flanges are often adopted to connect the piping to the pressure vessels operated. The behavior of the flanges is complicated because of the non-uniform temperature distribution and the thermal expansion difference of dissimilar materials. The application of the metal ring gasket makes the behavior more complicated.

ABSTRACT The dissimilar material flange connections are often adopted to connect the austenite stainless steel pipes to the low alloy steel pressure vessels operated at an elevated temperature. The behavior of this flange connection is very complicated because of the non-uniform temperature distribution and the thermal expansion difference of dissimilar materials. The application of the metal ring gasket makes the behavior more complicated. An elastic plastic finite element analysis is one of the adequate ways to investigate the behavior of the following dissimilar material flanges with the metal ring gasket under the high pressure and elevated temperature operation. (1) Pipe flange: standard configuration, austenite stainless steel, (2) Nozzle flange: forged thick nozzle neck, low alloy steel covered with stainless steel overlay. The material of ring gasket is also an austenite stainless steel. This ring gasket contacts to and slips on the ring groove surfaces of flanges. The axi-symmetric analyses were made considering the sequence of initial bolting, internal pressure and non-uniform temperature distribution. The elastic plastic properties and temperature dependency of the materials were considered. From these analyses, the effects of the non-uniform temperature distribution and the thermal expansion difference of dissimilar material flanges on the contact pressure of the ring gaskets were made clear. The effect of flange size (14”-36”) was also investigated. 1. INTRODUCTION The bolted flange connections are widely used in energy and process plants, and the design procedure of them is specified in ASME Code Section VIII Division 1 (1). This design procedure is based on a simple equilibrium calculation of an initial bolt load, a contact pressure of gasket and an axial force resulting from internal pressure.

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2Mo Part 3. No friction is assumed.2Mo) 4. 3. start-up.25Cr-1Mo (TP304SS overlay) Nozzle Flange 2. 2 2 Copyright © #### by Copyright © 2005 by ASME ASME . NOMENCLATURE Si Stress E Elastic modulus Er Elastic modulus in radial direction Ez Elastic modulus in axial direction Et Elastic modulus in circumferential direction Ab Area of bolts Af Perforated area of flange A Total area of bolts and perforated flange (Ab+Af) ANALYSIS METHOD Basic Assumption Assumption adopted in these analyses is described below. P: Internal pressure. To make clear the difference of materials. 5. Heat transfer from/to ambient air is considered. Axi-symmertric models were applied.2 Analysis Cases Analysis cases for heat transfer analysis and stress analysis are described Table-2 and 3 respectively.In this paper. normal operation and shut-down. Contact boundary is considered between ring gasket and flange. 2. Effects of creep are assumed to be small. The case name represents the nominal flange size.4 degC (850 degF). Non-uniform temperature distribution is calculated by steady state heat transfer analysis because flange is not covered by insulation. Temperature of internal fluid is 454. Flanges Er=Ez=E*Af/A Et=0 Isotropic but multiplied by Af/A Isotropic Isotropic Table-2 Analysis cases for heat transfer analysis Case name Size (inch) Material combination Dissimilar 26D 26 Similar 26S 26 Dissimilar 14D 14 Dissimilar 36D 36 Table-3 Analysis cases for stress analysis Loading path Case name Size Material (inch) combination Dissimilar 26D+BPT-PT 26 <Loading> B+P+T (Base case) <Unloading> P then T Dissimilar <Loading> B+P+T 26D+BPT-TP 26 <Unloading> T then P Dissimilar <Loading> B+T+P 26D+BTP-PT 26 <Unloading> P then T Dissimilar <Loading> B+T+P 26D+BTP-TP 26 <Unloading> T then P 26S+BPT-PT 26 Similar Same as the base case Dissimilar Same as the base case 14D+BPT-PT 14 Dissimilar Same as the base case 36D+BPT-PT 36 (Note) B: Initial bolting.25Cr-1Mo overlayed by TP304SS) Bolt (1Cr-0.25Cr-1Mo 2. an elastic plastic finite element analyses were made considering the operation sequence. Figure-1 Analysis model (Dissimilar material case) Table-4 Material for each part Material in Material in dissimilar case similar case Pipe Flange TP304SS 2. 2. The effects of flange size were also investigated.25Cr-1Mo (TP304SS overlay) (TP304SS overlay) Ring Gasket TP304SS TP304SS Bolt 1Cr-0. The following material properties were applied in modeling of bolts and perforated area of flanges. the effects of the non-uniform temperature distribution and the thermal expansion difference of dissimilar material flanges on the contact pressure of the ring gaskets were made clear. 6. material combination and loading path. Pipe Flange (TP304SS) Insulation Table-1 Material properties Bolts Elastic modulus Ez=E*Ab/A Er=Et=0 Thermal Isotropic but conductivity multiplied by Ab/A Thermal expansion Isotropic Yield strength Isotropic 3. Ring gasket (TP304SS) Nozzle Flange (2. analysis model is shown in Figure-1 and materials are shown in Table-4. T: Thermal load 3. From these analyses. such as the initial bolting.1 1.2Mo 1Cr-0.

00 0.II Part D (12)) Insulation 0. Insulation is removed from the model.3 Stress-strain relationship Temperature-dependent and as shown in Figure-4 yield strength (by a report of JSME (14)) TP304 Stress-Strain relationship 700 600 Stress (MPa) 500 400 300 200 100 0 0.T.3 degC (110degF) Heat transfer coefficient 6 – 14 W/m2K on outer surface No wind is assumed (by JSME Mechanical Engineer’s Handbook (13)) (2) Stress Analysis ABAQUS/Standard ver. Material properties are shown in Table-7.6.4-4 is used for stress analysis and axi-symmetric 4 node solid bilinear element with reduced integration (element type CAX4R) is used.II Part D (12)) Poisson’s ratio 0. Stress and strain relationships used in these analyses are shown in Figure-4. Analysis model is shown in Figure-3.02 Strain 0.4 degC (850degF) Heat transfer coefficient 5814 W/m2K (constant) on inner surface Ambient air temperature 43.25Cr-1Mo Figure-4 Stress-strain relationship 3 3 Copyright © #### by Copyright © 2005 by ASME ASME .03 0. Heat conduction by air and radiation are considered for heat transfer between flanges and bolts.20 R. Table-5 Thermal conductivity Parts Description All metals Temperature-dependent (by ASME Sec.3 Finite Element Models (1) Heat Transfer Analysis ABAQUS/Standard ver.6.T.4-4 is used for heat transfer analysis and axi-symmetric 4 node solid linear element (element type DCAX4) is used.05 0.10 Strain 0.00 0.01 0. respectively. Figure-3 Analysis model for case 26D+BPT-PT Table-7 Material properties Property Description E Temperature-dependent (by ASME Sec.15 0. Ring gasket Figure-2 Mesh around ring gasket for case 26D Material properties and boundary conditions are shown in Table-5 and Table-6.25Cr-1Mo Stress-Strain relationship 600 500 Stress (MPa) 400 300 200 100 0 0. Mesh around ring gasket is shown in Figure-2.04 W/mK (constant) Table-6 Boundary conditions Topic Description Internal fluid temperature 454. 427℃ (b) 2.3.04 0. Von Mises yield criterion.05 R. 427℃ (a) TP304SS 2. associated flow rule and isotropic hardening rule are adopted for the elastic-plastic analyses.

The temperature of the ring gasket is about 400 degC and that of the bolts is 300 degC.0% in pipe flange and 0. respectively. In step 4. Heat Transfer Analysis Temperature distributions are shown in Figure-5. (step Min. 4. Yielding occurs on the corner of the ring gasket due to the initial bolting (step 1) and then the yielding occurs on both the cross section of ring gasket and around the ring groove of flanges due to the thermal load. those of flanges are 2.1 ANALYSIS RESULTS 3). The initial bolting was given by initial strain method. Initial bolting.The freedom in the axial direction at the bottom line of the model is fixed as shown in Figure-3. Area in which equivalent plastic strain more than 0.5% occurs is shown in Figure-7. Wide elastic area still remains in flanges even at normal operation.3% in nozzle flange.2 Stress Analysis The results of case 26D+BPT-PT (base case) are shown below. loading and unloading steps for case 26D+BPT-PT are shown in Table-8. Finally the contact pressure is much reduced (15% to the initial value) due to unloading of thermal load.0% in step 3 (at normal operation). the internal pressure is removed and the contact pressure becomes a little higher (85% to the initial value). Value 184MPa 43 degC (a) Radial stress 265 degC 454 degC Max. In step 3. This contact pressure is reduced (60% to the initial value) due to internal pressure in step 2. internal pressure and thermal load were considered. For example. Initial bolting value for each size was adjusted to get the same contact pressure at ring gasket surface.25*107 N 2 +P Internal pressure 16.2 MPa 3 +T Thermal load Results of heat transfer analysis 4 -P Unloading of internal pressure 5 -T Unloading of Thermal load 4. In step 1. This temperature difference of ring gasket and the bolts may cause additional contact pressure on the ring gasket surface. Stress component distributions are shown in Figure-6. contact pressure due to initial bolting is almost uniform on the contact surface. Value -423MPa Max. Contact pressure distributions at ring gasket surface are shown in Figure-8. Value 116MPa 299 degC Figure-5 Temperature distribution (Case 26D) 4. The maximum equivalent strain in the ring gasket is about 6. On the other hand. Table-8 Analysis steps and loads for case 26D+BPT-PT Step Load Value 1 +B Initial bolting 1. the thermal load makes the contact pressure higher again (78% to the initial value). Large compressive stresses occur in both radial and axial directions on the ring gasket and at the contact surface of the flanges. Min. Value -352MPa (b) Axial stress Figure-6 Stress distributions (Case 26D+BPT-PT Step3) 4 4 Copyright © #### by Copyright © 2005 by ASME ASME .

Step 2 (internal pressure) is an elastic behavior and causes reduction of contact pressure.5% 5. The contact pressure in step 1 is adjusted to be on the stress-strain curve of the room temperature. when thermal load is applied and then internal pressure is loaded in start-up (26D+BTP-PT and 26D+BTP-TP).3% 26D+BPT-PT 26D+BTP-PT 26D+BPT-TP 26D+BTP-TP 0 1 2 3 Step No 4 5 Figure-9 Relation of average contact pressure and loading path (b) Step3 (In normal operation) Figure-7 Equivalent plastic strain distributions (>= 0. resulting in the leak from flange because internal pressure still remains in the vessel.5%) (Case 26D+BPT-PT) Contact Pressure Step1 Step2 Step3 Step4 Step5 Node 15 600 Contact pressure (MPa) 500 400 300 200 100 0 Average contact pressure and average equivalent plastic strain on ring gasket surface are plotted on the stress-strain curve of TP304SS in Figure-10 for case 26D+BPT-PT and 26D+BTP-TP through all steps. Node 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Node Figure-8 Contact pressure distributions (Case 26D+BPT-PT) 5 5 Copyright © #### by Copyright © 2005 by ASME ASME . Therefore. there are the following findings. On the other hand. Value 6. the elastic-plastic behavior is dependent on loading path.5. Max. the contact pressure at normal operation (step 3) is 300MPa. Average contact pressure of ring gasket is plotted in Figure-9. Ring gasket behavior can be explained by using uni-axial stress-strain relationship as follows. Step 5 (thermal unloading) is elastic behavior and causes reduction of contact pressure. the contact pressure at normal operation (step 3) is 180MPa. the contact pressure becomes very low. four cases of 26 inches flanges were compared to investigate the effects of loading path. Step 3 and 4 (thermal loading and unloading of internal pressure) are on the stress-strain curve at 427degC and plastic strain increases up to 1.1 DISCUSSION Effects of Loading Path In general. The following three steps are in elastic behavior and there no increase of plastic strain.45% plastic strain. According to Figure-9. Value 3. <26D+BPT-PT> Step 1 (initial bolting) causes 0. Step 3 represents normal operation condition. 400 Contact Pressure (MPa) (a) Step1 (Initial bolting only) - 300 200 100 Max.8% during these steps. When internal pressure is loaded and then thermal load is applied in start-up (26D+BPT-PT and 26D+BPT-TP). <26D+BTP-TP> Plastic strain that occurs in step 1 increases in step 2 up to 1.8%. If thermal load is removed first (step 4) in shutdown operation (26D+BPT-TP and 26D+BTP-TP).

Although the plastic strain at the edge of gasket of dissimilar material flange is larger than that of similar material.03 Step 3 Step 2 Step 5 0 Step 4 Step 1 Contact Pressure 400 300 200 100 0 1 2 3 Step No.01 0.01 Step 3 150 Step 5 Step 4 0 Step 2 Step 1 0. 5.04 Figure-11 Relation of average contact pressure and material combination of flanges Equivalent Plastic Strain (26D+BPT-PT) 0. it is clear that the contact pressure variation can be explained by the elastic-plastic behavior of ring gasket.Contact pressure (MPa) From these results. Case 26D+BPT-PT and 26S+BPT-PT are compared here to discuss the effects of flange material.04 (b) Case 26D+BTP-TP Figure-10 Superimposed figure of stress-strain relationship and contact pressure-equivalent plastic strain of ring gasket Effects of Flange Material Combination From the previous discussion. it is clear that the thermal loading (the thermal expansion difference between gasket and flange including bolts) make the large contact pressure. the average plastic strain is almost same in the two cases. It can be concluded that the effects of flange material combination are small. it can be said that there is no remarkable difference in terms of contact pressure.00 Elem 1 Step Step Step Step Step 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16  Element (b) Case 26S+BPT-PT Figure-12 Equivalent plastic strain distributions 6 6 Copyright © #### by Copyright © 2005 by ASME ASME .04 0.02 0. TP304 Stress-Strain relationship 350 300 Stress (MPa) 250 200 150 100 50 0 0.06 0.04 0.02 Strain 0.T.02 Strain 0.00 300 Step Step Step Step Step 1 2 3 4 5 0.10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16  Element (a) Case 26D+BPT-PT Equivalent Plastic Strain (26S+BPT-PT) Elem 16 0.10 Elem 16 (a) Case 26D+BPT-PT TP304 Stress-Strain relationship 350 300 Stress (MPa) 250 200 150 100 50 0 0. The effects of flange material combination on the contact pressure due to thermal loading are investigated here. Although there is a very small difference in contact pressure on the way of start-up (step 2) and after shutdown (step5). Equivalent plastic strain distributions are shown in Figure12.00 0.T.08 R.08 0.02 0.03 0. 427℃ Contact Pressure (Mpa) 450 Elem 1 0.00 0. Average contact pressure of ring gasket is plotted in Figure-11. 4 5 26D+BPT-PT 26S+BPT-PT R. The difference between two cases is only flange material. 427℃ 300 150 Contact Pressure (Mpa) 450 0.2 0.06 0.

the effects of flange size of dissimilar material flange are investigated here.02 0. It can be concluded that flange size affects the contact pressure reduction due to internal pressure.5 Normalized contact pressure 1. however.10 0. equivalent plastic strain distributions of case 14D+BPT-PT and 36D+BPT-PT are shown in Figure-14. This fact coincides with the trend of Figure-13. In order to check the detailed behavior of ring gasket. The difference among three cases is only size. As the size is larger.3 Equivalent Plastic Strain (14D+BPT-PT) 0.Effects of Flange Size The thermal expansion difference of dissimilar flanges in radial direction becomes larger with the flange size. the difference is reduced to 9%. On the other hand. no significant difference between plastic strain distributions can be seen on the surface of ring gasket.0 1 2 3 4 5 6  Node 7 8 9 10 11 (a) Case 14D+BPT-PT 7 7 Copyright © #### by Copyright © 2005 by ASME ASME . 26D+BPT-PT and 36D+BPT-PT are compared to discuss the effects of flange size. This is because the deformation of flange due to internal pressure becomes larger with flange size.02 0.00 1 2 3 4 5 6 7  Element 8 9 10 11 12 Elem 12 Elem 1 Step Step Step Step Step 1 2 3 4 5 (a) Case 14D+BPT-PT Equivalent Plastic Strain (36D+BPT-PT) 0. Therefore.2.06 0. contact pressure at normal operation tends to be smaller.08 0. The difference can be seen in step 2 (initial bolting + internal pressure).04 0. and contact pressure distributions normalized by average contact pressure at each step are shown in Figure-15. it can be seen in Figure-15 that the contact pressure distribution pattern in step 2 (elastic behavior) is varied with flange size although there is no significant difference in the other steps.08 0.06 0. it does not affect the contact pressure due to thermal load.5 Node 1 0. However. after thermal loading.04 0. Case 14D+BPT-PT. the difference of contact pressure is 27%. Comparing 14 inches case with 36 inches case. Average contact pressure of ring gasket is plotted in Figure-13.0 Node 11 Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Figure-13 Average contact pressure difference due to the difference of size 0. The initial bolting was controlled to bring the same contact pressure. Contact Pressure 400 Contact Pressure (MPa) 300 200 100 0 1 2 3 Step No 4 5 14D+BPT-PT 26D+BPT-PT 36D+BPT-PT 5.00 Elem 1 Step Step Step Step Step 1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16  Element (b) Case 36D+BPT-PT Figure-14 Equivalent plastic strain distributions Contact Pressure (14D+BPT-PT) 1. Since the behavior in step 2 is elastic as described in the paragraph 5.10 Elem 16 0.

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