Steady-state thermal simulation of weld applied to a practical axisymmetric weldment

Ken Uchida, Rie Sumiya, Tadashi Murofushi, Masakazu Jimbo

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    Steady-state Eulerian analysis on thermal simulation of welds using moving coordinates is known as a very computationally efficient method. This paper presents a method of Eulerian analysis that uses commercial computational fluid dynamics code. In order to show the practical availability of the Eulerian method, the method is applied to an analysis of a circumferential weld of a core shroud in a boiling water reactor. In this analysis, the double ellipsoidal power density distribution model proposed by Goldak, Chakravarti, and Bibby (1984, Metall. Trans. B, 15B, pp. 299-305) is applied for the weld heat source, the temperature dependency of thermal properties is considered, and the effect of latent heat is treated by enthalpy method. Comparison of the analyzed temperature histories at several locations on the surface of the weldment to the measured results shows that the numerical results reproduce the measured results well.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)262-271
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Pressure Vessel Technology, Transactions of the ASME
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2007 May 1


    • CFD code
    • Eulerian
    • Moving coordinates
    • Steady state
    • Thermal analysis
    • Weld

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering


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