Pipe Bend Analysis by Thin Shell Theory

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J. F. Whatham

Australian Atomic Energy Commission, Research Establishment, Sutherland, NSW, 2232, Australia

J. Appl. Mech 53(1), 173-180 (Mar 01, 1986) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3171707 History: Received November 29, 1984; Revised July 16, 1985; Online July 21, 2009


Thin shell theory is applied to pipe bends terminated by flanges or flange-ended tangent pipes and subjected to any end loading, either in-plane or out-of-plane. Graphs of flexibility factor versus pipe bend characteristic are presented for in-plane bending of a wide range of pipe elbows terminated by flanges or short flange-ended tangents. Experimental results verify the thin shell solutions for in-plane and out-of-plane bending of a flanged pipe elbow. The capabilities of a computer program BENDPAC are also described.

Copyright © 1986 by ASME
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