The purpose of this investigation was to gain a better understanding into the mechanical behavior of the API 8 Round casing connection, when subjected to service loads of assembly interference, tension and internal pressure. The connection must provide both structural and sealing functions and these functions were evaluated by several methods. Part I discusses the methods of analysis, which include hand calculations using strength of materials, finite element method via unthreaded and threaded models, and experimental analysis using strain gages. Comparisons of all three methods are made for stresses and show that the finite element method accurately models connection behavior.

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