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Force to collapse a tube

Force to collapse a tube

Force to collapse a tube

Hello all,

I have a small plastic tube, and I want to know how much force is required to get it to buckle at just one point. This tube will be blocked/closed at one end and I will be applying suction at the other end, and I want to know how much pressure will be required to make to tubing collapse.

RE: Force to collapse a tube

Needs some more info here.

Small - How small? some dimensions including wall thickness required

"plastic" - too vague. PE, PVC, plastic flexible tubing?

buckle? Do you mean collapse from external pressure? Buckle tends to mean failure when something is bent. A diagram / sketch / photo always helps

Also force is the wrong word - Do you mean negative pressure?

Often tubing or plastic pipe needs to have an initiation ovalisation to get it to collapse in a set place.

but you only have max 1 bar differential so it might not collapse at all...

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RE: Force to collapse a tube

If surgical tubing is at issue, peristalic pumps operation provides guidance. It is hardly a matter of force, rather adjustment for proper clearance

RE: Force to collapse a tube

Well, what is the maximum vaccuum you can pull with your test rig question?
What fluid? (A condensate (water, alcohol, or liquid gas) will begin vaporizing as internal pressure in the tubing goes down = vapor pressure controls.

Straight, simple large 90 or u-bends, or in an instrument rack with many bends?

RE: Force to collapse a tube

I don't think it matters what vacuum could be pulled; assume that it's perfect, but unless the aspect ratio of diameter to wall thickness is much higher than probably 20:1, it's unlikely to collapse.

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RE: Force to collapse a tube

IR, I think you need to reword that statement.

RE: Force to collapse a tube

you could use the external collapse pressure calculation for submerged pipelines (pressure difference usually greater than 1 bar). gives the same result for external pressure or internal vacuum.

try http://pipeng.com/index.php/ts/itdmotdiam008f/

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