A method for testing high-pressure piping systems for service in the 20,000 to 40,000-psi range is described. Tubing systems were pressure tested and their behavior followed by means of resistance-wire strain gages mounted on the exterior surface. A method is described for graphically determining the pressure at which a tube wall becomes fully plastic. The allowable working pressure of a tube is determined by applying a safety factor to this pressure. Tubing bends and fittings, including metal gaskets, flanges, and tees, are evaluated by comparing their behavior under pressure with that of the tube with which they are to be used.

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