Whitty, Justin, Henderson, B, Francis, Jonathan and Lloyd, N
Optimized aspect ratios of restrained thick-wall cylinders by virtue of Poisson’s ratio selection. Part two: Temperature application.
Nuclear Engineering and Design, 241
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nucengdes.2011.06.046
Analytical and numerical modelling have been employed to show that the choice of Poisson's ratio is one of the principal design criteria in order to reduce thermal stress build-up in isotropic materials. The modelling procedures are all twofold; consisting of a solution to a steady-state heat conduction problem followed by a linear static solution. The models developed take the form of simplistic thick-wall cylinders such model systems are applicable at macro-structural and micro-structural levels as the underlining formulations are based on the classical theory of elasticity. Generally, the results show that the Poisson's ratio of the material has a greater effect on the magnitude of the principal stresses than the aspect ratio of the cylinders investigated. Constraining the outside of these models significantly increases the thermal stresses induced. The most significant and original finding presented is that the for both freely expanding and constrained thick-wall cylinders the optimum Poisson's ratio is minus unity.
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