Journal of Applied Science and Engineering

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Liang Huang1This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., You Ji2, Zhipeng Yuan1, and Zenglei Ni1

1School of Materials Science and Engineering, North China University of Water Resources and Electric Power, Zhengzhou, 450000, China

2Huaneng Luohuang Power Plant, Chongqing, 402283, China


Received: August 7, 2023
Accepted: December 11, 2023
Publication Date: April 13, 2024

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Composite tanks are modern structures that are increasingly used in various industries due to their advantages, such as high specific strength, lightness, and corrosion resistance. Therefore, it seems necessary to investigate their mechanical behavior. Based on this, in the present research, crack growth in multi-layer composite cylindrical tanks under combined compressive and thermal loading is investigated using the extended finite element method. After validating using the results available in the literature, the effect of the number of composite layers and the arrangement of the layers on the crack growth of these tanks are investigated. Also, the results of composite and steel tanks with the same boundary conditions are compared. The results indicate that the composite tank behaves better against the internal pressure of the tank, and less stress is created at the same pressure with the value of 281.1 MPa instead of 292.2 MPa for the steel tank. Also, the composite tank tolerates 0.2 mm deformation instead of 0.25 for steel. In addition, it can be seen that composite tanks, while having low weight, have less crack growth compared to steel tanks.

Keywords: Composite tank, Crack growth, Extended finite element method, Thermal loading.

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