Fatigue Life of Seamless Steel Pressure Vessels

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R. L. Brockenbrough

USS Technical Center, USX Corporation, Monroeville, Pa. 15146

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 109(3), 323-328 (Aug 01, 1987) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3264872 History: Received November 26, 1985; Revised January 22, 1987; Online November 05, 2009


Cyclic-pressure fatigue tests of three seamless steel pressure vessels show that typical production vessels should have a fatigue life at least equal to the allowable life calculated by code procedures. Stresses from finite-element models and strain-gage measurements are correlated and used in a simplified fracture mechanics approach for a conservative estimate of fatigue life.

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