Amendment 5 to EN 13445-3 introduces important changes regarding the simplified fatigue calculation, performed according to Clause 17. Essentially, these changes concern new ways to consider thermal stresses in fatigue calculation. Load cases can now have pressure variation only, temperature variation only or a combination of both.
In the general settings for fatigue cases (File> Item Properties> Fatigue) a new option is now available for each fatigue case, allowing you to choose which type of stress corresponds to each case.
When a fatigue detail is set (welded or unwelded) under Fatigue category for a component, new values are requested only for those cases involving temperature variations. This values are the local range of temperature variation ΔTdiff and the coincident thermal stress factor κ. This value can be set according to Table 17-2.
From now on, when NextGen runs the fatigue calculation, it'll use new equations for the determination of both number of equivalent full pressure cycles and allowable fatigue cycles, since conditions of 18.104.22.168 are set as met.
Of course, for cases of simple pressure oscillation everything remains as before: if in the general settings of the fatigue calculation one or more combinations are present and all are set to "pressure only" as the type of variation, the calculation is carried out according pre-Amendment 5 rules.