Journal Journal of Mechanical Engineering – Problemy Mashynobuduvannia
Publisher A. Podgorny Institute for Mechanical Engineering Problems
National Academy of Science of Ukraine
ISSN 0131-2928 (Print), 2411-0779 (Online)
Issue Vol. 22, no. 2, 2019 (June)
Pages 37-44
Cited by J. of Mech. Eng., 2019, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 37-44



Andrii S. Koliadiuk, SE «State Science and Engineering Center for Control Systems and Emergency Response» (64/56, Heroiv Stalinhradu ave., Kyiv, 04213, Ukraine), e-mail:, ORCID: 0000-0003-2946-272X

Mykola H. Shulzhenko, A. Podgorny Institute of Mechanical Engineering Problems of NASU (2/10, Pozharsky str., Kharkiv, 61046, Ukraine), e-mail:, ORCID: 0000-0002-1386-0988



The purpose of this paper is to determine the most stressful zones and assess the possibility of plastic deformations of the control valve casing in its crack forma-tion zones, with the K-325 steam turbine operation in the stationary modes. The problem is solved in two stages. First, the steam flow characteristics in the steam distribution system and the casing temperature are determined. Then, the elastic stress-strain state of the casing of one of the two valve units (through which the steam consumption is always greater than through the other) is esti-mated using the values of the casing temperature field. The characteristics of steam flow in the steam distribution system and the thermal state of the control valve casing are determined numerically by the finite element method. The steam flow rates, temperature and pressure on the casing wall are determined based on the solution to the Navier-Stokes equation in a three-dimensional for-mulation. It is established that the steam temperature before the turbine control valves is practically the same as the one before the stop valve. In the casing itself, after the control valves, with the valves partially open, a significant drop in steam temperature may occur due to throttling. A significant decrease in the steam temperature in the control valve (by 100 °C) is observed at low power with a nominal vapor pressure after the boiler. The calculation of the elastic stress-strain state of the control unit casing was carried out using the finite element method based on the three-dimensional mathematical model for casing deformation. As a result, the stress state of the valve casing was obtained for the different operating modes of the turbine. It is shown that differences in stresses for different modes are associated with changes in the thermal state of the valve casing and the distribution of pressure on its walls. Zones of possible plastic deformations of the valve casing are established. In those zones, the elastic stresses exceed the yield strength of the material. The obtained results clearly show that the most dangerous mode in terms of the control valve casing static strength is not the turbine nominal mode of operation at a power of 320 MW, but a part-load operation mode, at 180 MW.


Keywords: steam flow, steam distribution system, thermal stress state, valve casing.


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Received 27 March 2019

Published 30 June 2019