Barrans, Simon and Muller, Matthias (2009) Finite element prediction of the ultimate axial load capacity of V-section band clamps. Journal of Physics: conference series, 181. pp. 1-8. ISSN 1742-6596

Band clamps with a flat bottomed V-section are used to connect a pair of circular flanges to provide a joint with significant axial strength. Despite the wide application of Vband clamps, their behaviour is not fully understood and the ultimate axial strength is currently only available from physical testing. This physical testing has indicated that the ultimate strength is determined by two different types of structural deformation, an elastic deformation
mode and a plastic deformation mode. Initial finite element analysis work has demonstrated
that analysis of this class of problem is not straightforward. This paper discusses the difficulties encountered when simulating this type of component interaction where contact is highly localised and contact pressures are high.

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