Patent Number: 7,711,664

Title: Predicting crack propagation in the shaft dovetail of a generator rotor

Abstract: An object of the present invention is to control crack propagation, either by predicting shaft dovetail crack propagation with high accuracy, or by determining operation conditions under which the crack does not extend. The crack propagation prediction system includes an operation processing unit, an interface unit, and a memory unit. The operation processing unit includes a stress calculation unit that calculates the mean stress generated in the shaft dovetail, a factor range calculation unit that calculates the stress intensity factor range for the crack in the shaft dovetail, and a crack propagation amount calculation unit that calculates an amount of the shaft dovetail crack propagation for an arbitrary time period, from the obtained mean stress and the stress intensity factor range, an operation pattern, an operation time, and data on the crack. The stress calculation unit includes as individual calculation units that calculate separately different types of mean stress, a contact surface pressure stress calculation unit, a thermal stress calculation unit, and a residual stress calculation unit, as well as a mean stress calculation unit that sums these mean stresses.

Inventors: Saito; Kazuhiro (Yokohama, JP), Yoshioka; Yomei (Yokohama, JP), Matsuyama; Koji (Yokohama, JP), Ito; Hiromichi (Tokyo, JP), Nagano; Ryoji (Yokohama, JP), Koinuma; Hiroaki (Yokohama, JP)

Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba

International Classification: G06E 1/00 (20060101); G06E 3/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018