Performance of a bolted flange joint is characterized mainly by its ‘strength’ and ‘sealing capability’. A number of analytical and experimental studies have been conducted to study these characteristics only under internal pressure loading. In the available published work, thermal behavior of the pipe flange joints is discussed under steady state loading with and without internal pressure and under transient loading condition without internal pressure. The present design codes also do not address the effects of steady state and thermal transient loading on the structural integrity and sealing ability. It is realized that due to the ignorance of any applied transient thermal loading, the optimized performance of the bolted flange joint can not be achieved. In this paper, in order to investigate gasketed joint’s performance i.e. joint strength and sealing capability under combined internal pressure and transient thermal loading, an extensive nonlinear finite element analysis is carried out and its behavior is discussed.

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