Standard: WRC BUL 119

INTERPRETIVE REPORT ON PRESSURE VESSEL HEADS; INTERPRETATIONS OF EXPERIMENTAL DATA ON PRESSURE VESSEL HEADS CONVEX TO PRESSURE

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Scope:

The state of the art of pressure vessel design has recently been summarized by Langer. He discussed the different types of pressure vessel heads, the main characteristics of each type, and the relative validity of the ASME Code rules that pertain to each type. It was shown that present code rules are, in general, overly conservative for thick-walled heads, and in some cases, unconservative for thinwalled heads. Regarding the latter statement Shield and Drucker,2 writing in 1959, stated that a certain class of ASME Code torispherical vessels were "positively unsafe." On the same subject, Galletly warned of the inadequacy of codedesigned thin-walled torispherical heads in 1956. A revision of the ASME Code for Design of Pressure Vessel Heads is definitely in order. The purpose of the present report is to comment briefly on recent research developments, to give specific proposals and suggestions for future research work, and to suggest a philosophy of design which can lead to a more rational and uniform Code for pressure vessel heads.

Organization: Welding Research Council
Document Number: wrc bul 119
Publish Date: 1967-01-01
Page Count: 49
Available Languages: EN
DOD Adopted: NO
ANSI Approved: NO
Most Recent Revision: YES
Current Version: YES
Status: Active
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