This study deals with the stress analysis and the estimation of sealing performance of the pipe flange connections with an adhesive under an internal pressure and an external bending moment are analyzed by using the 3-dimensional elastic finite element method (FEM). The experiment of the leakage test of the connections with an adhesive was carried out by applying the above loads to the connections. From the FEM analysis, the following results were obtained; (1) when an internal pressure is applied to the flange connections, the compressive stress at the interface between a flange and an adhesive increases proportionally from the inner side of the interface to outside, and (2) when an internal pressure and a bending moment apply to the flange connections, the stress distribution at the half part of the interface increases as the external bending moments increase and also Young’s modulus of the adhesive increases. From the experiments, the following results were obtained: (1) sealing performance of the pipe flange connections with an adhesive under an internal pressure and an external bending moment increases as the flange thickness and an initial clamping force of bolts increases and (2) the sealing performances were not found between the connections with an adhesive and that with a gasket combining an adhesive. Furthermore, the numerical results are in fairly good agreement with the experimental results.

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