Design and Analysis of Metal-Composite Vessel under Internal Pressure

Document Type : Original Article


1 Vacuum Technology Research Group, Sharif University of Technology Branch, ACECR, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tarbiat Modarres University, Iran



This paper, firstly, investigates the behavior of a pressure vessel designed based on the netting analysis method. Then, the strain measurement result performed to examine the behavior of the vessel is presented. It has been observed that the reverse strain is occurred at the joint of the vessel cylindrical area and its head. To inspect the experimental data, the ABAQUS software (finite-element) was deployed. The simulation results turned out to be in good consistency with the experimental data. Later, to design the vessel, Von Mises and Tsai Wu criterion were used for liner and composite layers, respectively. The design results showed that the netting analysis method is not optimal and leads to increase in the cost and weight of the vessel. In addition, investigating the vessel behavior indicated that using softer liner results in more exploit of the composite properties which in turn, can bring better performance in special applications. The good consistency between the experimental and simulation results proved that the complexity involved in the design of pressure metal-composite vessels can be greatly reduced through employing finite-element simulation methods.


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