Please find the attached snap, we found a crack circumferentially. The nozzle size is 6" and the material is SS.
The following plant is under construction and the vessel erected around 1yr back. There is an argument that because of pipe loads that are not supported yet, it created tension and lead to crack. Even I surprised that how a steel material started cracked like brittle for just for a few external loads. (This not the correct reason)
I clearly explained that any steel material that we design to be below the yield value. When the load beyond the ultimate limit it leads to fatigue and finally crack. This situation we can expect in operation if there is cyclic loading and the connected piping not supported properly. (which is an impossible situation).
Finally, I suspect that
- the material of the nozzle is not SS. (Maybe zinc coated?)
- (or) Because of corrosion
- (or) during welding, it created a weaker section and started crack initiation for the external loads.
- one more point that the vessel is A516bgr 70 and the nozzle is SS do you feel any possibility of this problem is due to dissimilar welding.
Experts kindly share your opinion and suggestions.
Thanks & Regards