On Stresses in Pipeline Expansion Bellows

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A. V. Singh

Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 110(2), 215-217 (May 01, 1988) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3265591 History: Received March 03, 1988; Online November 05, 2009


An analytical procedure employing the general theory of shells of revolution and finite element method is presented to examine the stress patterns along the convolution of the pipeline expansion bellows under axial compression. A simple three-node axisymmetric shell element is used to compute axial and circumferential stress components. Three example problems which include two corrugated-pipe-type and one U-type bellows, have been analyzed. Comparison of the present numerical results with the experimentally procured data from the open literature illustrates the reliability, accuracy, elaborateness and versatility of this approach.

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