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Enhancing trapezoidal threads using a parametric numerical approach

Timothy Galle (UGent) , Wim De Waele (UGent) and Patrick De Baets (UGent)
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A parametric program designed for modeling tapered, trapezoidal threaded connections is used in combination with Abaqus to investigate the behavior of couplings subjected to static load combinations containing make-up, axial tension and internal pressure. Three criteria are defined and used to quantify the performance of the connection: load distribution, helical gap size between the threads and the amount of global plasticity. From these parameters, the load distribution provides valuable information about the effectiveness of the load bearing characteristics of the thread and can be used to detect possible overstressing of the connection. The helical gap size is used to estimate its tendency to provide a leak tight thread seal, while the global plasticity reflects the total amount of plastic deformation within the connection. During the investigation, the effects of taper angle, load flank angle, wall thickness, size of threads and initial thread clearance are considered. The presented modeling approach consists of three parts. First, the optimal make-up position for a trapezoidal threaded 4.5 inch TN80 connection is calculated using the plasticity criterion. Next, the results for the three performance parameters as a function of both axial tension and internal pressure are discussed. Finally, after investigating the various isolated effects induced by geometric changes, a newly defined, enhanced threaded geometry is suggested and compared with the standardized API-buttress thread.
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CONNECTION, Make-up, Parametric study, Test Load Envelope, Enhanced buttress connection, Threaded connection, LOAD

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Galle, Timothy, Wim De Waele, and Patrick De Baets. 2015. “Enhancing Trapezoidal Threads Using a Parametric Numerical Approach.” In PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME PRESSURE VESSELS AND PIPING CONFERENCE - 2015, VOL 5, 1–14.
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Galle, T., De Waele, W., & De Baets, P. (2015). Enhancing trapezoidal threads using a parametric numerical approach. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME PRESSURE VESSELS AND PIPING CONFERENCE - 2015, VOL 5 (pp. 1–14). Presented at the ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, PVP-2015.
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Galle T, De Waele W, De Baets P. Enhancing trapezoidal threads using a parametric numerical approach. PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME PRESSURE VESSELS AND PIPING CONFERENCE - 2015, VOL 5. 2015. p. 1–14.
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Galle, Timothy, Wim De Waele, and Patrick De Baets. “Enhancing Trapezoidal Threads Using a Parametric Numerical Approach.” PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME PRESSURE VESSELS AND PIPING CONFERENCE - 2015, VOL 5. 2015. 1–14. Print.
@inproceedings{6896927,
  abstract     = {A parametric program designed for modeling tapered, trapezoidal threaded connections is used in combination with Abaqus to investigate the behavior of couplings subjected to static load combinations containing make-up, axial tension and internal pressure. Three criteria are defined and used to quantify the performance of the connection: load distribution, helical gap size between the threads and the amount of global plasticity. From these parameters, the load distribution provides valuable information about the effectiveness of the load bearing characteristics of the thread and can be used to detect possible overstressing of the connection. The helical gap size is used to estimate its tendency to provide a leak tight thread seal, while the global plasticity reflects the total amount of plastic deformation within the connection. During the investigation, the effects of taper angle, load flank angle, wall thickness, size of threads and initial thread clearance are considered. The presented modeling approach consists of three parts. First, the optimal make-up position for a trapezoidal threaded 4.5 inch TN80 connection is calculated using the plasticity criterion. Next, the results for the three performance parameters as a function of both axial tension and internal pressure are discussed. Finally, after investigating the various isolated effects induced by geometric changes, a newly defined, enhanced threaded geometry is suggested and compared with the standardized API-buttress thread.},
  articleno    = {UNSP V005T09A007},
  author       = {Galle, Timothy and De Waele, Wim and De Baets, Patrick},
  booktitle    = {PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASME PRESSURE VESSELS AND PIPING CONFERENCE - 2015, VOL 5},
  isbn         = {978-0-7918-5698-7},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Boston, MA, USA},
  pages        = {UNSP V005T09A007:1--UNSP V005T09A007:14},
  title        = {Enhancing trapezoidal threads using a parametric numerical approach},
  year         = {2015},
}

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