4 Stress Intensification Factors, Stress Indices, and Flexibility Factors
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Piping systems are often complex structures that include straight pipe and a variety of supports, elbows and tees. A typical piping system might include 50 or so components along with many intervening lengths of straight pipe. Each of the components is subjected to a complex set of loadings. The evaluation of any component by the detailed analysis methods prescribed in NB-3200 would be an onerous task.