Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 15, Issue 5, pp 201–208 | Cite as

Photoelastic tests on complex intersections of reinforced thin-shell cylinders

The model techniques as well as the machining, assembling and test methods of the pressure vessels are presented
  • George E. Warren


This paper presents the three-dimensional photoelastic analyses accompanied by extensive finite-element studies of several thin-shell pressure vessels with various cylindrical intersections. The models consisted of right circular cylindrical shells with diameter-to-thickness ratios of 220, reinforced with circumferential, longitudinal and diagonal T-stiffeners. The cylindrical shells and stiffeners were intersected by various smaller cylinders producing complex intersection joints which included radial and angular fillets.

Each of the models was constructed from 80 to 150 parts prepared from flat sheets, “contour-cast” shells, and milled machined parts. The model techniques as well as the machining, assembling and testing methods of the pressure vessels are presented.


Mechanical Engineer Fluid Dynamics Cylindrical Shell Model Technique Pressure Vessel 
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© Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • George E. Warren
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  1. 1.Civil Engineering LaboratoryNaval Construction Battalion CenterPort Hueneme

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