On the analysis of post weld heat treatment residual stress relaxation in Inconel alloy 740H by combining the principles of artificial intelligence with the eigenstrain theory

Fatih Uzun, Alexander M. Korsunsky

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Abstract

Post weld heat treatment (PWHT) process has an important role on fabrication of advanced ultra-supercritical power plant turbines. This process relieves the residual stresses formed as a result of welding by converting elastic strains into creep strains. In order to analyse the residual stress relief mechanism during the PWHT process, a novel simulation approach based on experimental data was developed for the analysis of residual stress states from complex manufacturing processes which are welding and heat treatment. This model uses permanent plastic strains (eigenstrains) formed as a result of welding process to set the initial mechanical state of the sample. The distribution of eigenstrains in the whole body was determined using displacement data obtained from contour measurements. The use of eigenstrains to set the initial residual stress state of the creep model reduced the number of uncertainties. This allowed the use of the principles of artificial intelligence for the development of a new fuzzy finite element model (fFEM) that determines the eigenstrain-creep model parameters through an evolution process. Subsequent to the determination of the model parameters, conditions of the PWHT process are investigated to analyse residual stress relaxation in Inconel Alloy 740H weldments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-191
Number of pages12
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Volume752
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Eigenstrain-creep model
  • Evolutionary algorithms
  • Fuzzy finite element model
  • Post weld heat treatment
  • Volumetric residual stress

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