Improvement of omega method for creep life prediction

Kouichi Maruyama, Isamu Nonaka, Kota Sawada, Hiroyuki Sato, Jun Ichi Koike, Hideo Umaki

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Omega method has been proposed for predicting rupture life from creep strain ε-time t data. The method is based on a linear relation between logarithm of creep rate ε̇ and strain, namely a creep curve without the primary and secondary creep stages. Such a linear relation, however, seldom holds in real creep data. In this paper, the original equation is modified to the following form: ε=ε0 + 1/Ω {In(1 + ζt)-In (1-ηt)} where ε0, Ω, ζ, and η are parameters characterizing a creep curve. The first and second terms in the parentheses describe primary creep and tertiary creep, respectively. The equation is applied to ferritic steels. The four parameters of the equation can uniquely be determined for a creep curve with a curved In ε̇-ε relation. The equation can well reproduce creep curves with a prominent primary creep stage. Because of the high reproducibility, the modified equation can predict rupture life with higher accuracy at an earlier stage of creep than the original equation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-423
Number of pages5
JournalISIJ International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • Constitutive creep equation
  • Creep curve
  • Creep rupture
  • Heat affected zone
  • Heat resisting steel
  • High temperature
  • Life assessment
  • Omega method


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