Limit loads for thin-walled piping branch junctions under internal pressure and in-plane bending

Yun Jae Kim, Kuk Hee Lee, Chi Yong Park

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The present work presents plastic limit load solutions for thin-walled branch junctions under internal pressure and in-plane bending, based on detailed three-dimensional (3-D) finite element (FE) limit analyses using elastic-perfectly plastic materials. To assure reliability of the FE limit loads, modelling issues are addressed first, such as the effect of kinematic boundary conditions and branch junction geometries on the FE limit loads. Then the FE limit loads for branch junctions under internal pressure and in-plane bending are compared with existing limit load solutions, and new limit load solutions, improving the accuracy, are proposed based on the FE results. The proposed solutions are valid for ratios of the branch-to-run pipe radius and thickness from 0.4 to 1.0, and the mean radius-to-thickness ratio of the run pipe from 10.0 to 20.0.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)645-653
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Pressure Vessels and Piping
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Sep 1



  • Branch junction
  • Finite element analysis
  • In-plane bending
  • Internal pressure
  • Limit load

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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