This book is intended to serve as an introduction to pressure vessel design for the student by presenting the fundamental theory and as a design basis for the practicing engineer by demonstrating the application of this theory with illustrations and examples of the solution of practical problems. In each chapter design methods are illustrated by numerical problems in which the arithmetical work has been made simple in order to focus attention upon the theory involved thereby avoiding the danger of it becoming merely a mechanical operation with an incomplete understanding of the theory and its significance. A considerable amount of new material and references have been added in a manner so as to preserve an orderly presentation. The result has been a complete revision and substantial increase in the size of original text including a new chapter on buckling collapse. The latter has been prompted by the rapid growth in undersea exploration and mineral mining potential. Deep diving submersibles offshore plat- forms and deep drilling casings have made a priority of light weight high strength materials in order to save weight and costs. The result is that elastic and plastic buckling instability have become increasingly important as failure modes.
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