Preliminary Design of Tubular Composite Structures Using Netting Theory and Composite Degradation Factors

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B. W. Tew

Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-1030

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 117(4), 390-394 (Nov 01, 1995) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2842141 History: Received June 09, 1994; Revised March 13, 1995; Online February 11, 2008


Tubular products and process vessels built using fiber-reinforced composite materials provide significant advantages in applications that require corrosion resistance, high strength, and light weight. A design approach based on netting theory is presented which enables engineers to develop preliminary structural designs for these structures using composite materials. The integration of creep, cyclic loading, and environmental degradation factors into initial design calculations is also discussed and illustrated.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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