Design Innovation

Using Multicell Kelvin Structure for Pressure Vessel

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P. Zhang, R. Du

Institute of Precision Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong SAR

J. Pressure Vessel Technol 133(1), 015001 (Jan 21, 2011) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4002049 History: Received April 05, 2009; Revised June 02, 2010; Published January 21, 2011; Online January 21, 2011

Pressure vessel is widely used in many engineering areas. How to achieve a perfect combination of excellent performance and low cost in the design and manufacturing of a pressure vessel is, therefore, very important. Instead of a single cylinder, a multicell pressure vessel with a Kelvin structure is proposed in this paper. It is found that such structure offers not only improved safety but also extra storage capacity. This may lead to a type of pressure vessel suitable for stringent applications, even without employing costly materials.

Copyright © 2011 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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Figure 1

Illustration of a Kelvin cell

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Figure 2

The photo of a multicell Kelvin structure

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Figure 3

Illustration of the “common wall” concept

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Figure 4

The von Mises stress distribution of a typical Kelvin Cell

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Figure 5

Volumetric density

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Figure 6

Gravimetric density



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