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Finite Element Stress Analysis for Leak Tests of Pipe Flange Connections Subject to Internal Pressure and Bending Moment

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Satoshi Nagata

Toyo Engineering Corporation, Narashino, Chiba, Japan

Toshiyuki Sawa

Hiroshima University, Higashi-hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan

Takashi Kobayashi

Numazu College of Technology, Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan

Hirokazu Tsuji

Tokyo Denki University, Tokyo, Japan

Paper No. PVP2011-57737, pp. 187-196; 10 pages
  • ASME 2011 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 2: Computer Technology and Bolted Joints
  • Baltimore, Maryland, USA, July 17–21, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4452-6
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


This paper reports the results of finite element analysis representing the sealing performance tests on the slip-on type pipe flange connections for 8 inch and 16 inch. The flange connections are subjected to internal pressure and bending moment. Internal pressure is applied by helium gas and the bending moment is loaded through 4 points bending equipment. Gas leak rates are measured by pressure decay method. During the test, the variations in the axial bolt force are monitored for all the bolts by strain gages. The pipe stress at the junction of pipe and flange is also measured. Finite element analysis simulates the tests and the simulated results are compared with the measured data. Then the behaviors of the slip-on type flange connections under internal pressure and bending moment as well as the sealing performance are clarified by the experiment and the finite element simulation.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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