Re: Burst strenght of 430 Stainless Steel Tube Re: Burst strenght of 430 Stainless Steel Tube -- Henry Post Reply Top of thread Forum
 Posted by: John Andrews 12/10/2002, 12:52:08 Edit : I'm hoping someone can help me. I have a stamped stainless steel part, a flanged tube. The material is 430 stainless, which has been stamped, annealed and then stamped again at least 3 times into the final shape. The approx dimensions of the part are 1.25" lenght, 1.5" inner diameter and a .050" wall thickness. Can anyone tell me how I calculate a burst pressure for this part? I have a requirement to perform a 400 psi leak test, but want to be sure the material hold up before attempting this.: Thanks in advance for your help: HenryThis is a complex question since the part you are testing is not a simple cylinder...it has a flange with dimensions that were not mentioned. The short answer is be careful. The longer answer is as follows:the yield stress, Sy, of the stainless will define how high in pressure you can go NOT the "burst pressure"(which implies part destruction). If you take a conservative allowable stress from ASME (Sa) not the yield and then compare to the stress in a cylinder, you should feel pretty comfortable. See below:Sa = 12000 psiP = 400 psiID = 1.5"t = 0.050"circumferential (hoop) stress = PR/t = 400*0.75/0.05 = 6000 psiThis is 50% of the allowable stress. You should be OK. However, please note that the flange is likely the failure point. Use water for leak testing and proper safety attire. If a pressure vessel ruptures with any air in it, fragments can do serious damage. Good luck.John Andrews, P.E.