Single and multiple mitred bends are analyzed for stress and deformation due to inplane bending and internal pressure. Theory of cylindrical shells is used as a tool of analysis. Results show maximum stress at the elbow increased up to more than 400 percent of the stress predicted by elementary beam theory. Influence of the elbow on the self-compensation of the heated pipeline is discussed and the local reinforcements proposed. Solutions are presented as graphs which may be directly applied in design work.

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