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Title: Analysis of valve springs from hydrogen compressor at Solvent Refined Coal Plant, Wilsonville, Alabama

Abstract

Failure of hydrogen compressor valve springs at the Wilsonville, Alabama, Solvent Refined Coal Plant caused a total plant shutdown. Type 304 stainless steel springs had been substituted for two of three alloy X750 springs. Mainly because of their geometry, the type 304 stainless steel springs operated at a higher stress than the proper springs, and it is not surprising that they failed. The only as-fractured surface was on the alloy X750 spring. Edge damage caused by rubbing of the springs against neighboring parts may have played an important role in reducing the life of the springs.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab., Tenn. (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5256061
Report Number(s):
ORNL/TM-6179
DOE Contract Number:  
W-7405-ENG-26
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
01 COAL, LIGNITE, AND PEAT; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; COAL LIQUEFACTION PLANTS; GAS COMPRESSORS; VALVES; SPRINGS; FAILURE MODE ANALYSIS; SRC PROCESS; HYDROGEN; INCONEL X750; MECHANICAL PROPERTIES; METALLOGRAPHY; SERVICE LIFE; STAINLESS STEEL-304; ALLOYS; CHROMIUM ALLOYS; CHROMIUM STEELS; CHROMIUM-NICKEL STEELS; COMPRESSORS; CONTROL EQUIPMENT; CORROSION RESISTANT ALLOYS; CRYOGENIC FLUIDS; ELEMENTS; EQUIPMENT; FLOW REGULATORS; FLUIDS; HEAT RESISTING ALLOYS; INCONEL ALLOYS; INDUSTRIAL PLANTS; IRON ALLOYS; IRON BASE ALLOYS; MACHINE PARTS; NICKEL ALLOYS; NICKEL BASE ALLOYS; NONMETALS; STAINLESS STEELS; STEELS; SYSTEM FAILURE ANALYSIS; SYSTEMS ANALYSIS; TITANIUM ALLOYS; 010405* - Coal, Lignite, & Peat- Hydrogenation & Liquefaction; 360103 - Metals & Alloys- Mechanical Properties

Citation Formats

King, R.T., Crouse, R.S., Leslie, B.C., Rose, E.T., and Houck, C.W. Analysis of valve springs from hydrogen compressor at Solvent Refined Coal Plant, Wilsonville, Alabama. United States: N. p., 1978. Web. doi:10.2172/5256061.
King, R.T., Crouse, R.S., Leslie, B.C., Rose, E.T., & Houck, C.W. Analysis of valve springs from hydrogen compressor at Solvent Refined Coal Plant, Wilsonville, Alabama. United States. doi:10.2172/5256061.
King, R.T., Crouse, R.S., Leslie, B.C., Rose, E.T., and Houck, C.W. Wed . "Analysis of valve springs from hydrogen compressor at Solvent Refined Coal Plant, Wilsonville, Alabama". United States. doi:10.2172/5256061. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/5256061.
@article{osti_5256061,
title = {Analysis of valve springs from hydrogen compressor at Solvent Refined Coal Plant, Wilsonville, Alabama},
author = {King, R.T. and Crouse, R.S. and Leslie, B.C. and Rose, E.T. and Houck, C.W.},
abstractNote = {Failure of hydrogen compressor valve springs at the Wilsonville, Alabama, Solvent Refined Coal Plant caused a total plant shutdown. Type 304 stainless steel springs had been substituted for two of three alloy X750 springs. Mainly because of their geometry, the type 304 stainless steel springs operated at a higher stress than the proper springs, and it is not surprising that they failed. The only as-fractured surface was on the alloy X750 spring. Edge damage caused by rubbing of the springs against neighboring parts may have played an important role in reducing the life of the springs.},
doi = {10.2172/5256061},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 1978},
month = {Wed Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 1978}
}

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