Cylindrical Pressure Vessel

Cylindrical Pressure Vessel

A long cylindrical thick walled pressure vessel is here subjected to both a high internal pressure and thermal expansion. The model and solution is symmetric and also suitable for modeling with the two-dimensional plane strain approximation. This problem allows for an analytical solution which is used to validate and test the accuracy of the simulation.

This model is available as an automated tutorial by selecting Model Examples and Tutorials… > Structural Mechanics > Cylindrical Pressure Vessel from the File menu, and also as the MATLAB simulation m-script example ex_planestrain2. Step-by-step tutorial instructions to set up and run this model are linked below.

  FEATool Multiphysics Tutorial - Cylindrical Pressure Vessel
Tutorial Instructions


[1] Barber JR. Solid Mechanics and Its Applications, Intermediate Mechanics of Materials, vol. 175, 2nd ed. Springer, 2011.