RESEARCH PAPERS: Other Technical Papers

The Stress Analysis of Heat Exchanger Expansion Joints in the Elastic Range

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L. J. Wolf

Nooter Corporation, Saint Louis, Mo.

R. M. Mains

Department of Civil Engineering, Washington University, Saint Louis, Mo.

J. Eng. Ind 95(1), 145-150 (Feb 01, 1973) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438090 History: Received June 19, 1972; Online July 15, 2010


Expansion joints of the style most commonly used in shell and tube heat exchangers were studied analytically and experimentally in the elastic range. A method of computing stresses and deformations for pressure and expansion loadings is demonstrated. Strain-gage tests show the analytical method to be accurate.

Copyright © 1973 by ASME
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