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Classical and numerical approaches to determining V-section band clamp axial stiffness

Simon M. Barrans
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Published Online: 2014-12-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/eng-2015-0010


V-band clamp joints are used in a wide range of applications to connect circular flanges, for ducts, pipes and the turbocharger housing. Previous studies and research on V-bands are either purely empirical or analytical with limited applicability on the variety of V-band design and working conditions. In this paper models of the V-band are developed based on the classical theory of solid mechanics and the finite element method to study the behaviour of theV-bands under axial loading conditions. The good agreement between results from the developed FEA and the classical model support the suitability of the latter to modelV-band joints with diameters greater than 110mm under axial loading. The results from both models suggest that the axial stiffness for thisV-band cross section reaches a peak value for V-bands with radius of approximately 150 mmacross a wide range of coefficients of friction. Also, it is shown that the coefficient of friction and the wedge angle have a significant effect on the axial stiffness of V-bands.

Keywords : V-band clamp; turbocharger;; axial stiffness; finite element analysis


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About the article

Received: 2014-08-12

Accepted: 2014-11-24

Published Online: 2014-12-15

Citation Information: Open Engineering, Volume 5, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 2391-5439, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/eng-2015-0010.

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