Verification of Numerical Models for Pressure Hull Collapse Predictions

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  1. MacKay, J.R.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
The verification aspects of a verification and validation (V&V) study for the numerical modeling of the collapse of pressure hulls are described. A series of finite element (FE) analyses were performed using ANSYS in order to verify that the numerical methodology was correctly implemented in the software (code verification) and that spatial and temporal refinement of validation FE models of test specimens were adequate (calculation verification). FE predictions of elastic and inelastic buckling pressures for 140 cylinders and ring-frames under external pressure were found to be within 8%, on average, of the benchmark analytical or numerical solutions. The FE error was attributed to unavoidable differences between the numerical and benchmark models, rather than problems with the FE software, so that code verification was considered to have been achieved. With calculation verification, the nonlinear FE solution was found to be most sensitive to the spatial refinement associated with the mesh density. Load increment size was found to affect the collapse prediction to a lesser extent, and the tolerance used to define convergence of the incremental solution did not affect the collapse prediction at all when a refined mesh and load increment were used. The outcomes of the calculation verification study were a standard mesh density, load increment size and convergence tolerance that can be used for further validation analyses of test specimens, and for future FE analyses of pressure

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Report Number
DRDC-ATLANTIC-TM-2011-281 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 2011
Number of Pages
44
DSTKIM No
CA037603
CANDIS No
537284
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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