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Hydraulic-Based Stability Analysis of a Tongue and Groove Joint Test

[+] Author Affiliations
David J. Manko, Jesse W. Whitlow

Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation, West Mifflin, PA

Paper No. IMECE2009-10397, pp. 1-8; 8 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 15: Sound, Vibration and Design
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4388-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


A tongue and groove joint test is being conducted to quantify the stability characteristics for this class of leakage joint. The test hardware was designed to facilitate comprehensive reconfiguration of the joint geometry so that all parameters affecting joint stability can be evalauated. Excursive (static) and oscillatory (dynamic) instabilities are expected dependent on joint configuration and operational parameters. Hydraulic-based stability analyses were conducted on a pre-test basis to examine joint response. It is concluded from these analyses that physically damaging oscillatory instabilities are most likely to occur when the joint is configured with a movable groove. Physical reasoning for this conclusion is provided in the paper.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Stability



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