Narrow Belt Stiffening for Reducing the Stress Concentrations in Joints Existing on Vessels, Pipings and Other Related Structures (Design Paper)

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M. Suviolahti

Lappeenranta University of Technology, Lappeenranta, Finland

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 113(4), 590-595 (Nov 01, 1991) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2928800 History: Received November 03, 1987; Revised June 29, 1989; Online June 17, 2008


It is shown, in the light of three very different case studies, that a narrow belt stiffening when suitably attached at the geometric discontinuity of a joint existing on a vessel, tank or pipe intersection, is able to produce a remarkable reduction in the stress concentration. This is reason to believe that the narrow belt stiffening, when dimensioned correctly and attached properly, may be used extensively to reduce stress gradients in joints existing on vessels, tanks, pipings and related structures. Understandably, a narrow belt stiffening should be used with great caution for junctions that do not operate at ambient temperature, being unsuitable for applications involving substantial thermal stresses.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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