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Using high-strength steels in pressure equipment manufacture

In the framework of the implementation of the recently adopted Pressure Equipment Directive (97/23/EC), the European Commission is seeking an organisation to conduct a study demonstrating the advantages of using new high-strength steels for industrial pressure components.

In particular, the study should focus on exploiting advanced structural analysis technology such as non-linear finite element modelling and fitness-for-purpose procedures to demonstrate the viability of these components in the likely service conditions. In this area it is intended that the contractor take advantage of developments from the nuclear and aerospace industries. To complete the exercise, prototypes should be tested to provide quantified proof of the feasibility of using the extended load-carrying capacity of high-strength steels. The study should be conducted on three standard pressure components.

The study should be completed within 24 months.

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