Numerical analysis of a sling support arrangement for grp composite pressure vessels

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A flexible sling support arrangement for horizontal glass reinforced plastic pressure vessels is examined using advanced finite element methods. A mathematical model is produced employing a suitable analysis capable of representing the non-linear behaviour of a sling supported GRP vessel. This system is used to examine the phenomena occurring at the interface between the vessel and the supporting belt. Each component is initially considered some distance apart and then brought together using three-dimensional contact surfaces. External loads are thereafter applied to the combined model. Although several numerical difficulties arise due to the difference in flexibility between the vessel shell and the sling support, these are overcome and the resulting vessel strains and contact interface pressures show good agreement with experimental work. The magnitudes of the strains at the location of the saddle horn are significantly reduced. Results of a parameter study are also presented which show the effect of the sling position together with the influence of the wrap-round angle and a number of recommendations are made with respect to design.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)679-687
Number of pages8
JournalComposite Structures
Publication statusPublished - May 1997


  • numerical analysis
  • sling support
  • grp composite pressure vessels


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