The total strain, elastic plus plastic, was measured with strain gages on valve bodies with internal pressure that caused surface yielding. The correlation of the simulated maximum principal strain was compared to strain gage data. A mesh sensitivity study shows that in regions of large plastic strain, mesh elements are required that are an order of magnitude smaller than what is used for linear elastic stress analysis for the same structure. A local mesh refinement was adequate to resolve the local high strain values. Both the location and magnitude of the maximum strain changed with a local mesh refinement. The local mesh refinement requirement was consistent over several structures that were tested. The test and simulation work will be presented along with the mesh sensitivity study. Some results on using an energy stabilization technique to aid convergence will be presented in terms of the impact on the predicted plastic strain.

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