Contact pressure distribution in joints formed by V-band clamps

Simon M. Barrans, Goodarz Khodabakhshi, Qiang Xu

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V-band clamps offer an efficient clamping solution in diverse applications including process equipment, exhaust systems and air handling. This paper studies the distribution of interface contact pressure between the V-band and flange when the coupling is established. The determination of the contact area and pressure distribution in a joint is essential information, as it determines the integrity of the coupling. A three dimensional finite element model has been developed for this purpose. Contrary to the previous assumption in developing axisymmetric models, the 3D results showed that the contact pressure is non-uniform around the circumference of V-band with maximum contact pressure near the T-bolt area. This is in agreement with the theory in the literature. The presence and magnitude of friction has a noticeable influence on the form of the interface pressure distribution curve. It is also shown that the diameter of the band interacts with the effect of friction.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanical and Aerospace Engineering V
PublisherTrans Tech Publications Ltd
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9783038352235
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event5th International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 18 Jul 201419 Jul 2014
Conference number: 5

Publication series

NameAdvanced Materials Research
ISSN (Print)10226680
ISSN (Electronic)16628985


Conference5th International Conference on Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Abbreviated titleICMAE 2014


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