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T IPS: W R C - 1 0 7 A NALYSIS

Information:
What is the WRC-107 Analysis? The WRC-107 Analysis calculates the combined local stress
intensity from external loads at the junction of an attachment and a shell or head. The method may be
employed for structural supports or nozzles.
What are the limitations? The analysis is based on empirical data. Certain geometries falling outside
this data have no experimental basis to support them and it is up to the designer to determine if the
method is a valid approximation outside the range covered by the empirical data. In addition, the method
does not cover stress from internal pressure; however, DesignCalcs does allow for internal pressure
loading. (View How To: Understand the Pressure Stress Calculations in the DesignCalcs WRC-107 Implementation)
The second major limitation is the stress combination. This method combines the membrane and
bending stresses. Membrane only stress will have a set of allowable stress criteria if you look to Section
VIII, Division II, and the combined membrane and bending stress will have its own allowable stress
criteria. In addition, if you need to consider peak stress, the failure modes you need to check per Division
II get more complicated.
Finally, the WRC-107 reference does not clearly indicate the attachment details for the attachment to the
host. When utilizing this method, be careful when considering tilted or hillside nozzles or attachments
where full penetration groove welds are not used.
How does the WRC-107 coordinate system work? See the figures below for reference. For both
heads and cylinders as hosts, the radial load P is positive if it is inward. Choose arbitrary 1-1 and 2-2
axes that are normal to each other for heads. A shear load V2 acts in the 1-1 direction and causes the M1
moment. A shear load V1 acts in the 2-2 direction and causes the M2 moment.
For cylindrical hosts, the axes are the longitudinal direction and the circumferential direction. A positive
shear load VC acts in the positive circumferential direction and creates the positive moment MC. The
positive shear load VL acts in the positive longitudinal direction and creates the positive moment ML.
How does the Solve For radio button work? When stresses are selected, the analysis will calculate
the combined local stress intensity from all of the loads entered. When one of the other options is
selected, the analysis will set the combined stress to its maximum and solve for the item selected with
the other items set.
What should I enter for the stress multipliers? - These multipliers are used to determine the allowable
combined stress. Cs represents the stress multiplier and Cy represents the yield multiplier. You may
choose which combination of stress, yield, and multiplier to use and whether to consider the attachment
properties. When the attachment properties are considered, the minimum of the selected yield, the stress
of the host, or the stress of the attachment is used to determine the allowable stress.
The ideal values for the stress multipliers depend on several factors, including the duration and
geography of the load. If the load is to be applied one time and then released (such as for lifting lugs), a
higher allowable may be justified. A typical operating nozzle load would be limited to a lower allowable.
See the stress classifications in Section VIII-II for further guidance. Pay special attention to the primary
local and secondary stresses and the slight differences between them.
An example of a typical allowable stress for primary local membrane stress would be 1.5*S. An example
of a typical allowable stress for primary local membrane plus secondary bending stress would be Sps
where Sps may be either 3*S or 2*Sy. Be careful when specifying 3*S if the allowable stress criteria is
based on 90% yield instead of 66-2/3% yield.
When do I use the Stress Concentration Factor? This is only used for cyclic type loadings or for
brittle materials. See appendix B in WRC-107 and proceed with caution.
How does the analysis handle reinforcing pads for nozzles? The analysis will calculate the
stresses at the periphery of the nozzle to host/pad combined thickness and it will calculate the stresses
at the periphery of the pad diameter to host junction. This is probably a conservative leaning check unless
the repad thickness is very close to external projection of the nozzle or the width of the pad is very
narrow; in either of those cases, the check is more accurate.
For a large diameter pad (e.g. a pad with 2x the diameter of the nozzle neck), it may be suitable to
increase the host thickness to represent the combined thickness of the pad and the host - assuming the
allowable stress of both are the same and the nozzle has a quality attachment detail to both the pad and
the host wall.
Can I bump up the host thickness to represent the combined host and pad thickness for a
structural attachment Yes, you can. However, this approximation is the most viable when the
attachment is attached through the pad to the host wall and the details include full penetration groove
welds. In addition, the pad should be fairly large compared to the attachment size (e.g. 8 x 8 pad for a
4x 4 attachment) and the pad should have an allowable stress similar to the host.
How can I import a nozzle or a host that I have already designed? On the Vessel/Attachment tab,
select the Nozzle Browser to import the information for the nozzle and its host. To add a structural
attachment, select the host browser and bring the host information into the WRC-107 form. Then you can
manually enter the attachment information.
Why do I need to enter the diameter when the host is an elliptical head? The analysis treats the
head as a sphere and uses the diameter entered to determine the spherical radius.
Are the wind loads, elevations, and diameters from the Vessel Information and
Attachments/Loadings windows used in the WRC-107 Analysis? - In order for wind loads to be
considered in the WRC-107 Analysis, they must be directly entered on the Loads tab of the WRC-107
window. The analysis does not draw this data from any other location.

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H OW T O: U NDERSTAND THE P RESSURE S TRESS C ALCULATIONS IN THE
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Query:
What is the basis for the Pressure Stress Calculations in the WRC-107 check as utilized in DesignCalcs?
Response:
General
The WRC-107 method only considers external loads and does not consider pressure.
The pressure stress equations used in the DesignCalcs implementation of the WRC-107
method are for primary membrane stress caused from internal pressure.
The stresses caused by the external loads are typically classified as primary local stress
and secondary bending stress (although this is not always the case).
If pressure is considered for these calculations, the primary membrane stress from pressure
will be added stresses determined from the external loads.
Pressure Stress Calculation: Elliptical Host
The pressure stress for an elliptical host in the WRC-107 method assumes that the host can act like a
sphere at the location where the attachment/nozzle is placed. The diameter entered must represent an
effective spherical diameter at this location. The formula is derived from the UG-27(d) formula from
ASME SC VIII-I (setting E=1).
Elliptical Host Pressure Stress vs. Elliptical Head Actual Stress
The Actual Stress formula for an elliptical head is derived from ASME SC VIII-I Appendix 1-4(c).
As you can see, these equations are not the same and thus will produce different results.
In addition, the elliptical head form has a location to enter thin out; the WRC-107 form lacks this field, so if
the math needs to consider local thinning at the attachment/nozzle, the thickness must be reduced
manually to reflect that. The Actual Stress in the elliptical head report also considers adjustment for the
joint efficiency as joint efficiency is typically applied as a penalty to the allowable primary stress.