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Process Piping: The Complete Guide to ASME B31.3, Fourth Edition

Charles Becht, IV
Charles Becht, IV
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Piping flexibility analysis is also known as piping stress analysis. Neither phrase satisfactorily describes all that is involved in this piping design discipline. In flexibility analysis, the response of the system to loads is calculated. The objectives of flexibility analysis are to calculate stress in the pipe; loads on supports, restraints, and equipment; and displacement of the pipe. It is essentially a beam analysis model on pipe centerlines. The fundamental principles include the following:

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