Barrans, Simon, Khodabakhshi, G. and Xu, Qiang (2014) Contact Pressure Distribution in Joints Formed by V-Band Clamps. Advanced Materials Research, 1016. pp. 34-38. ISSN 1662-8985

V-band clamps offer an efficient clamping solution in diverse applications including process equipment, exhaust systems and air handling. This paper studies the distribution of interface contact pressure between the V-band and flange when the coupling is established. The determination of the contact area and pressure distribution in a joint is essential information, as it determines the integrity of the coupling. A three dimensional finite element model has been developed for this purpose. Contrary to the previous assumption in developing axisymmetric models, the 3D results showed that the contact pressure is non-uniform around the circumference of V-band with maximum contact pressure near the T-bolt area. This is in agreement with the theory in the literature. The presence and magnitude of friction has a noticeable influence on the form of the interface pressure distribution curve. It is also shown that the diameter of the band interacts with the effect of friction.

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