Analyses of Mechanical and Thermal Stresses for Loft Densitometer Mounting Lug Assembly

  • G. Krishnamoorthy
  • F. H. Chou


An analysis of mechanical and thermal stresses for LOFT Gamma Densitometer mounting lugs, bolts and pipe to which the lugs are attached is presented in this paper. The analysis does not include the densitometer of the supporting structure. The mechanical loads under consideration include internal pressure, seismic loads and dynamic loads due to blow down. Thermal transients associated with normal and upset operating conditions have been considered. Appropriate finite element models were constructed for obtaining stresses and deflection analyses due to mechanical loads and thermal transients. Existing computer code of SAPIV modified for Large core Memory (LCM) for CDC 7600 and SAASIII were used for the computation of mechanical and thermal stresses. Procedures to analyze the data obtained from computer analyses for ASME code evaluation are outlined. A stress summary is presented.


Thermal Stress Load Cycle Critical Section Tungsten Alloy Coolant Pipe 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Krishnamoorthy
    • 1
  • F. H. Chou
    • 1
  1. 1.College of EngineeringSan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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