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Course Name Pressure Vessel Design
Course Code 15MEC241
Program B. Tech. in Mechanical Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Introduction to Pressure Vessels, Design Philosophy, Structural Integrity – Failure modes and theories – Working loads and allowable stresses – Fatigue, fracture and buckling.

Stress categorization – Primary, secondary and peak.

Design of Cylindrical Shells – ASME equations – Thin shell equations – Thick shell equations – Buckling of cylindrical shells.

Unit 2

End Closures – ASME equations for various types of heads – Hemispherical, flat, ellipsoidal, torispherical, and conical heads.

Discontinuity Stresses – Discontinuity stresses – Beams on elastic foundation, Cutouts and Reinforcements – Stress concentrations around a hole – Reinforcements.

Fatigue Assessment – Exemption from fatigue analysis – S-N curves – Design curves – Cumulative damage – Fatigue evaluation.

Unit 3

Bolted Flanges – RF and FF flanges – Gasket loading behavior – Application of ASME equations for flange analysis and bolt design.

Design of Supports – Lug support – Support skirts – Saddle support.

Text Books

  • Harvey J. F. – ‘Theory and Design of Pressure Vessels’ – Van Nostrand – 1991
  • Chattopadhyaya S. – ‘Pressure Vessels – Design and Practice’ – CRC Press – 2005


  • Brownell and Young -Process Equipment Design’ – Wiley Publishing Ltd. – 1959
  • Ellenberger P. – ‘Pressure Vessels: ASME Code Simplified’ – McGraw Hill Company – 2004 – 8th Edition

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