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Opinions on Appropriate B31.3 SIF for Split Tee?

Opinions on Appropriate B31.3 SIF for Split Tee?

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Hi guys. Looking for opinions/thoughts/rude comments on an appropriate SIF for a split tee (full encirclement tee) for 31.3 systems. No info in 31.3 on this. There is an interpretation but all it says is: No.

Just looking to see what you guys have done or seen. Looking for a reasonable design number to use so I don't have to run FEA every time.

Thanks guys!
Pete

RE: Opinions on Appropriate B31.3 SIF for Split Tee?

Both B31J-2017 and Nayyar's excellent Piping Handbook dont list the SIF for a split tee, so I have no idea where to look in literature.

RE: Opinions on Appropriate B31.3 SIF for Split Tee?

The high stress point (for the branch) will be the weld to the tee shell. This maybe the same as a code reinforced or non reinforced tee.

If the split tee is fully welded the ordinal pipe where the hole is will be away from high stress. You could put a filet weld SIF at the tee to pipe weld and model the split tee as a larger diameter section of pipe with a reinforced or non reinforced tee.

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