The influence of pre-strain and pre-stress on creep crack growth behaviour of 316H austenitic steels is studied experimentally and numerically in this paper. Compact tension, C(T), specimens (25mm thickness) have been extracted from two steam headers, one as-received and one uniformly compressed to the strain value of 8%. The C(T) specimen extracted from the as-received header was compressed, introducing a non-uniform strain field. Creep crack growth (CCG) tests were performed at 550°C. Comparisons have been provided with the results from as-received C(T) specimens. Finite element (FE) analysis has been carried out to simulate the CCG behaviour of the C(T) specimens. By choosing the problem parameters appropriately, good agreement may be achieved between the FE predictions and the creep data.

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