Structural response to detonation loading in 90-degree bend
The structural response due to detonation propagation through a 90-degree bend in a circular tube was experimentally examined. Hoop strain measurements were obtained at key locations along the tube to measure elastic deformation. Dynamic pressure signals at the same locations were also recorded to track the detonation wave and record the peak pressure. Of particular interest are the effects of the bend on the magnitude of the pressure and strain in the material when compared to the straight tubes. These geometrical effects are due to the excitation of multiple modes: a short period detonation driven mode and longer period bending modes within the structure not seen in the straight tubes. The excitation of these bending modes serves to increase the maximum strain observed, which translates to greater hazards for industrial piping systems.
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