Effects of attached straight pipes on finite element limit analysis for pipe bends

Yun Jae Kim, Chang Sik Oh

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The effect of the length of an attached straight pipe on the plastic limit load of a 90° pipe bend under combined pressure and bending is quantified, based on finite element (FE) limit analyses using elastic-perfectly plastic materials with the small geometry change option. Systematic FE limit analyses of pipe bends with various lengths of the attached pipe are performed. It is shown that the effect of the length of the attached straight pipe on plastic limit loads can be significant, and the limit loads tend to decrease with decrease of the length of the attached straight pipe. In the limiting case of no attachment, the limit loads are found to be close to existing analytical solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-184
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar 1



  • Finite element
  • Limit load
  • Pipe bend

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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