Use of Orthotropic Plate Model Dynamics to Design for Endurance of Heat Transfer Plates

Heikki Martikka, Ilkka Pollanen


In this study results are presented of a study of applying surrogate plate models for dynamic design of structurally orthotropic heat transfer plates. The plates are assembled at fixed supports at upper and lower ends. One plate consists of parallel tubes joined by intermediate plates to each other.

They are loaded by dynamically varying hot flue gas flow and pressure loads and by random soot mass impact loads due to operation conditions. These cause fatiguing stresses leading to fracturing and shutdowns and explosions. The goal is to obtain a predictive design model for increasing the reliable useful operating time.  Several available methods are used in a larger study, matrix based, composite structure based and continuous beam based methods. In this study the orthotropic plate surrogate material approach is chosen. The dynamic behaviors are measured .The surrogate model predictions and measurements agree well. The predictions of the homogeneous surrogate orthotropic plate agree well with FEM model predictions. FEM modeling of complex structures made of orthotropic plates can be made cost effectively with reasonable accuracy using this surrogate plate approach.

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Mechanical Engineering Research   ISSN 1927-0607 (Print)   ISSN 1927-0615 (Online)

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