RESEARCH PAPERS: Stress Analysis and Design Factors

A Mathematical Model Used in Conjunction With a Finite Element Analysis to Aid in the Design and Analysis of Bourdon Tubes

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R. C. Weber

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc. 53233

R. L. Davis

College of Engineering, University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, Missouri

J. Mech. Des 104(3), 540-543 (Jul 01, 1982) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3256383 History: Received October 16, 1981; Online November 17, 2009


A mathematical model that describes a variety of Bourdon tube geometries has been used for the three-dimensional analysis of Bourdon tubes. The variation of the stresses and tip deflections with respect to the variables used in the mathematical model are then presented as an aid in the design and analysis of the Bourdon tube. The finite element program represents a user-orientated package for calculation of tip deflections and stresses. Stresses and deflections are compared to both strain gage data and instrumented tip deflections as well as published data to establish the credibility of both the model and computer program.

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