Axial Strength of Tube-to-Tubesheet Joints: Finite Element and Experimental Evaluations

[+] Author and Article Information
M. Allam

Research and Development Engineering, Pratt & Whitney, Middletown, CT 06457e-mail: allamm@pweh.com

A. Bazergui

Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec H3C 3A7 Canadae-mail: andre.bazergui@innovitech.com

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 124(1), 22-31 (May 22, 2001) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1398555 History: Received June 14, 1999; Revised May 22, 2001
Copyright © 2002 by ASME
Your Session has timed out. Please sign back in to continue.


Toba, A., 1966, “Residual Stress and Stress Corrosion Cracking in the Vicinity of Expanded Joint of Aluminum Brass Tube Condensers,” J. Jpn. Pet. Inst., 9 .
Uragami, K., et al. 1982, “Experimental Residual Stresses Analysis of Tube to Tubesheet Joints During Expansion,” ASME 82-PVP-61.
Bazergui, A., et al., 1985, “Residual Stresses in Roller Expanded Thin Tubes,” J. Experimental Mechanics, pp. 316–324.
Updike, D., et al., 1988, “A Method for Calculating Residual Stresses in Transition Zones of Heat Exchanger,” ASME PVP Conference, Vol. 139.
Hawang, J., et al., 1993, “Analytical Evaluation of the Hydraulic Expansion of Steam Generator Tubing in to Tubesheet,” Int. Conf. on Expanded and Rolled Joint Technology, Toronto, Canada.
Goodier,  J. N., , 1943, “The Holding Power and Hydraulic Tightness of Expanded Tube Joints: Analysis of the Stress and Deformation,” Trans. ASME, 65, pp. 489–496.
Nadai,  A., 1943, “Theory of the Expanding of Boiler and Condenser Tube Joints Through Rolling,” Trans. ASME, 65, Nov., pp. 865–880.
Yokell, S., 1992, “Expanded and Welded and Expanded Tube to Tubesheet Joints,” ASME J. Pressure Vessel Technol., 114 .
Podhorsky,  M. and Krips  H., 1979, “Hydraulic Expansion of Tubes,” VGB KRAFTWERKSTECHNIK, No. 1, pp. 77–83 .
Jawad, M., et al., 1987, “Evaluation of Tube to Tubesheet Joint Junctions,” ASME J. Pressure Vessel Technol., 109 .
ASME Pressure Vessel Code 1994, Section VIII, Div. 1, Appendix A.
Fender, D. A., et al., 1985, “Current Development in the On-Going Investigation of Steam Surface Condenser Roller Expanded Tube-to-Tubesheet Joints,” Joint Power Generation, ASME Paper No. 85-JPGO-Pwr-15.
Shirazi-Adl, S., et al., 1993, “Experimental Determination of Friction Characteristics at the Tabular Bone/Porous-Coated Metal Interface in Cementers Implants,” J. Biomed. Mater. Res., 27 .
Soler, A., et al., 1984, Mechanical Design of Heat Exchanger and Pressure Vessel Components, Arcturus Publishers, Cherry Hill.
ABAQUS 1995, Version 5.3, Hibbitt, Karlsson & Sorensen, Inc.
Chaaban,  A., , 1992, “Tube-Tubesheet Joint: A Proposed Equation for The Equivalent Sleeve Diameter Used in Single-Tube Model,” ASME J. Pressure Vessel Technol., 114, pp. 19–22.
Kohlpaintner, W., 1995, “Calculation of Hydraulically Expanded Tube-to-Tubesheet Joints,” ASME J. Pressure Vessel Technol., 117 .
Halling, J., 1975, Principles of Tribology, MacMillan, London, UK.
Taguchi, G., 1982, System of Experimental Design, Kraus Int. Publ.


Grahic Jump Location
Axisymmetric finite element model
Grahic Jump Location
Typical relation between shearing force and displacement
Grahic Jump Location
Local coefficient of friction versus normal pressure
Grahic Jump Location
Photograph of test sample, rigid ball, and locking cylinder
Grahic Jump Location
Illustration of pull-out test setup—1-steel cylinder, 2-sleeve, 3-MTS lower arm, 4-displacement cell, 5-steel rod, 6-load transducer, 7-displacement cell (under MTS upper arm), 8-microcomputer, 9-printer
Grahic Jump Location
Typical relation between shearing and relative displacement (CASE: 1-1)
Grahic Jump Location
Relation between shearing force and relative displacement as given by MTS displacement cell and Mμ-checker (CASE: 2-2)
Grahic Jump Location
Relation between shearing force and relative displacements given by FE solution (CASE: 1-1)
Grahic Jump Location
Relation between joint axial strength and initial residual contact pressure as predicted by the FE analysis
Grahic Jump Location
Statistical relation between interference contact pressure (VAR2) and initial residual contact pressure (VAR1)
Grahic Jump Location
Typical relation between shearing force and tube micro-motion
Grahic Jump Location
Tube and tubesheet frictional test specimens
Grahic Jump Location
Experimental friction test setup—1-two tube specimens, 2-apparatus support, 3-two tubesheet specimens, 4-movable frame, 5-known weight, 6-load gaging cell, 7-linear spring, 8-3-D arm, 9-displacement transducer, 10-X-Y plotter
Grahic Jump Location
Joint axial strength as predicted by different analytical models
Grahic Jump Location
Three different ways of evaluating the joint axial strength by the FE method
Grahic Jump Location
3-D finite element model



Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging and repositioning the boxes below.

Related Journal Articles
Related eBook Content
Topic Collections

Sorry! You do not have access to this content. For assistance or to subscribe, please contact us:

  • TELEPHONE: 1-800-843-2763 (Toll-free in the USA)
  • EMAIL: asmedigitalcollection@asme.org
Sign In