Full-Size Pressure Vessel Testing and Its Application to Design

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L. F. Kooistra

Babcock & Wilcox Company, Barberton, Ohio

E. A. Lange

Plastic Flow Section, Metallurgy Division, U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D. C.

A. G. Pickett

Department of Structural Research, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas

J. Eng. Power 86(4), 419-428 (Oct 01, 1964) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3677630 History: Received September 05, 1963; Online January 10, 2012


The results of full-size pressure vessel tests are summarized and used to demonstrate the validity of design procedures developed by others. In particular, design for low cycle (plastic) fatigue strength and fracture safety are investigated. The results justify the design stress recommendations made by PVRC to ASME and confirm the NRL fracture analysis diagram procedure hypothesis. It is emphasized that full advantage can be taken of high strength materials only by improvement of fabrication and inspection procedures.

Copyright © 1964 by ASME
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