A Finite Element Approach to the Static, Linear-Elastic Behaviour of Axisymmetrically Loaded Corrugated Bellows Expansion Joints


Angus Ramsay


This project arose from an on-going partnership between Vickers Shipbuilding & Engineering Limited (VSEL) and Liverpool Polytechnic which has already resulted in a study of bellows design. A double bellows was supplied by VSEL and this was instrumented with strain gauges. The measured results were compared with theoretical values and those obtained from finite element analysis.


Academic Establishment: Liverpool Polytechnic

Date: 1988

Of Interest

The Flixborough Disaster of 1974, which killed 28 and seriously injured 36 people was caused by the failure of a corrugated bellows expansion joint.

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