Simple Bounds on Limit Loads by Elastic Finite Element Analysis

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D. Mackenzie, C. Nadarajah, J. Shi, J. T. Boyle

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 115(1), 27-31 (Feb 01, 1993) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2929490 History: Received June 29, 1992; Revised November 18, 1992; Online June 17, 2008


A method for bounding limit loads by an iterative elastic continuum finite element analysis procedure, referred to as the elastic compensation method, is proposed. A number of sample problems are considered, based on both exact solutions and finite element analysis, and it is concluded that the method may be used to obtain limit-load bounds for pressure vessel design by analysis applications with useful accuracy.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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