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Influence of Local Wall Thinning and Support Stiffness in Piping Systems on Safety Assessments for Dynamic Loading

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Klaus Kerkhof, Fabian Dwenger, Gereon Hinz, Siegfried Schmauder

University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

Paper No. PVP2014-28703, pp. V008T08A019; 10 pages
  • ASME 2014 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 8: Seismic Engineering
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 20–24, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4607-0
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


The load bearing behavior of piping systems depends considerably on support distances and stiffness as well as cross section characteristics.

Stiffness of supports can often be defined only with difficulty by applying simplified procedures or guidelines based on assumptions. Load cases can be estimated quite well, but the safety assessment of a piping system can only be as reliable as the system model can realistically describe the present support stiffness or imperfections e.g. local wall thinning. As a consequence, the prediction of the system response may be poor. It is likely that calculated frequencies differ from natural frequencies determined experimentally. These frequency shifts lead to unrealistic predictions of stress analysis.

Examples for overestimations and underestimations of stress analysis are given regarding the load case earthquake, depending on whether the frequency shift runs into or out of the plateau of the applied floor response spectrum.

The influence of local wall thinning on modal characteristics is investigated. Conservative estimations of the influence on the load bearing behavior regarding severe local wall thinning are given. For fatigue checks the linear response of an experimental piping system is calculated and safety margins are demonstrated by comparing calculated with experimental results.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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