Gross plastic deformation of axisymmetric pressure vessel heads

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The gross plastic deformation and associated plastic loads of four axisymmetric torispherical pressure vessels are determined by two criteria of plastic collapse: the ASME twice elastic slope (TES) criterion and the recently proposed plastic work curvature (PWC) criterion. Finite element analysis was performed assuming small and large deformation theory and elastic–perfectly plastic and bilinear kinematic hardening material models. Two plastic collapse modes are identified: bending-dominated plastic collapse of the knuckle region in small deformation models and membrane-dominated plastic collapse of the cylinder or domed end
in large deformation models. In both circumstances, the PWC criterion indicates that a plastic hinge bending mechanism leads to gross plastic deformation and is used as a parameter to identify the respective plastic loads. The results of the analyses also show that the PWC criterion leads to higher design loads for strain hardening structures than the TES criterion, as it takes account of the effect of strain hardening on the evolution of the gross plastic deformation mechanism.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-441
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Strain Analysis for Engineering Design
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006


  • gross plastic deformation
  • plastic load
  • criterion of plastic collapse
  • axisymmetric torispherical pressure vessel heads
  • inelastic finite element analysis
  • finite element analysis


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