The finite element method is used to study stresses in two types of spherical pressure vessel heads having very wide range of applications in industries. The first problem involves a nozzle to sphere intersection reinforced by a pad and subjected to radial thrust load. The second problem deals with a pressurized thick hemispherical drumhead with a circular manhole. These structures are modeled using eight-node axisymmetric solid of revolution finite elements. Numerical values of circumferential and meridional stresses from the present analysis show excellent agreement with experimental data from the literature.

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