Finite element prediction of the ultimate axial load capacity of V-section band clamps

S. M. Barrans, M. Muller

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Band clamps with a flat bottomed V-section are used to connect a pair of circular flanges to provide a joint with significant axial strength. Despite the wide application of V-band clamps, their behaviour is not fully understood and the ultimate axial strength is currently only available from physical testing. This physical testing has indicated that the ultimate strength is determined by two different types of structural deformation, an elastic deformation mode and a plastic deformation mode. Initial finite element analysis work has demonstrated that analysis of this class of problem is not straightforward. This paper discusses the difficulties encountered when simulating this type of component interaction where contact is highly localised and contact pressures are high.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012072
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Early online date1 Sep 2009
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2009
Event7th International Conference on Modern Practice in Stress and Vibration Analysis - Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 200910 Sep 2009
Conference number: 7


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