Analysis of Parametric Uncertainty Linked to Behavior of Fatigue of Electricity Transmission Cables

Damian F. Campos, Germán G. Keil, Marcelo T. Piovan


The irradiation embrittlement of Reactor Vessel Internals is essential to perform the Time Limited Aging Analyses studies in view of the Life extension of Nuclear Power reactors. Heavy water reactors, such as Atucha and Embalse, has thermal flux comparable with the fast flux, therefore it is necessary to consider the efficiency of thermal neutrons in the calculation of displacements per atom.Using the SPECTER calculation code, the effective damage function for stainless steels and nickel-based alloys is obtained extending the concept introduced by Jones R. B., Edens D. J., Effects of Radiation on Materials, ASTM STP 1366, in the context of ferritic steels. Finally, the results are compared with the Canadian experience in CANDU type reactorsThe electric transmission overhead lines are subject to the action of the wind, which causes a transverse vibration of the conductor and, therefore, alternating stress. The complex mechanism of inter-action between the strands of an electric conductor subjected to alternating bending has made it difficult to calculate the real efforts. The distribution of stresses in the conductor during the alternating movement is affected by numerous direct factors related to its structure (conductor diameter, flexural stiffness,length, number of wires and layers) and indirect (types of clamps used, distributions of pressure inside the conductor generated in the mounting of the clamp). Another important factor is the contact tension between the strands of the conductor. At present, there are standards and guidelines for conducting lab-oratory tests where it is possible to simulate the conditions presented in the field, so that information on these parameters can be obtained, thus facilitating the study of their dynamic behavior and the relationship with the efforts presented. In this paper, a stochastic finite element model is introduced with the objective of contrasting the results obtained from using the Poffenberger Swart expression, widely used in the design and maintenance of electric transmission lines, taking as input data the measurements laboratory, of the displacement of the conductor at a defined distance from the suspension clamp.

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