Ray Delaforce
PV Elite Software Engineer

Load Cases and How They Are Handled by PV Elite – Part 1

What is a load case? Well, first we consider the word “load.” A load is any direct force, or bending moment that is applied to a structure. Where do these loads come from? Consider this tower, for example:

Image 1


Image 2

The lateral forces in Image 1 cause a bending moment to be experienced in the tower. But note – the pressure is a load and the weight of the vessel is also a load. In Image 2, there are three resultant internal longitudinal or axial stresses generated in the tower.
These are:
  • Stresses from the pressure acting inside the tower
  • Stresses from the total vessel weight acting on section X-X
  • Stresses from the resultant bending moment as the location X-X
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