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Bourdon Tubes and Hysteresis
Introduction to Bourdon Tubes
1.1 Bourdon Tubes
The deflection of a bourdon tube varies with the ratio of its major to minor crosssectional axis, tube length, difference between the internal and external pressures, radius of curvature, and angle of twist. It also varies inversely with the tubewall thickness and the modulus of elasticity of the material used.
The angular deflection of the helicaltype and Ctype bourdon tubes can be expressed by the equation.
$$\frac{\theta}{{\theta}_{0}}=\frac{1.16{\mathit{pr}}^{2}}{\mathit{tEb}}$$where θ = angle of rotation of the tip of the tube. θ_{0} = angle of tube/total angle of helix, p = pressure in pascals, r = radius of the tube/helix in meters, t = wall thickness in meters, E = Young's modulus of material in pascals, and b = minor axis of the tube, measured from the middle of one wall to the middle of the other wall, in meters.
Bourdon tubes are almost invariably fabricated with metal alloys, such as coldworked brass, phosphor bronze, beryllium copper, stainless steel, and nickel alloys. NiSPANC is a popular material owing to its negligible variation in modulus of elasticity with temperature. Helical bourdon tubes made of fused quartz having very low hysteresis, creep, and fatigue are widely used as secondary standards. Bourdon tubes are more sensitive to shock and vibrations than diaphragms, and are therefore used mostly for static measurements. The range covered varies from 10^{6} to 10^{8} pascals.
Pressure Ranges and Other Characteristics of the Different Bourdon Tube Materials
(1 PSI = 6.9 kPa = 0.069 bars)
Tube Material  Corrosion  Spring Rate  Temp. Coefficient  Hysteresis  Maximum Pressure 
Phosphor bronze  P  F  P  F  800 PSIG 
Beryllium copper  P  G  P  G  5000 PSIG 
316 Stainless steel  G  P  P  P  10,000 PSIG 
403 Stainless steel  G  P  P  P  20,000 PSIG 
NiSPANC  G  G  G  G  22,000 PSIG 
KMonel  G  P  P  P  20,000 PSIG 
P = poor F = fair G = good 
1.2 Bellows
Bellows are thinwalled cylindrical shells with deep convolutions, and are sealed at one end. The sealed end moves axially when pressure is applied to the other end, as shown in Fig. 1.2. The number of convolutions varies from 5 to 20 depending upon the pressure range, displacement required, and operating temperature. The stiffness is proportional to Young's modulus of the material, and is inversely proportional to the outside diameter and to the number of convolutions of the bellow. The deflection y of the bellows can be expressed by the equation,
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(1.2)}& \text{y}=2{\mathit{nA}}_{\mathit{Q}}\frac{{\mathit{pR}}_{\mathit{x}}^{\mathit{2}}}{{\mathit{Et}}^{3}}\end{array}$$where t = wall thickness, n = number of convolutions, E = modulus of elasticity, R_{x} = average radius of the bellows, and A_{Q}= effective area of the bellows. Bellows are normally used for lowpressure measurements requiring large stroke lengths. They are sensitive to vibrations. In certain applications, the bellows can be furnished with a restraining spring which opposes their axial deflection. This allows their usage for extended pressure ranges with increased life. The materials used for the fabrication are phosphor bronze, beryllium copper, stainless steel, or nickel alloys.
1.3 Helical shape bourdon tube
Helical type design is similar to spiral type but is more robust. The tip displacement for this
is longer than that of spiral type. This design is applicable for higher ranges of pressure. Its overrange capability is extremely high due to its robustness.
Due to higher volumetric space available with the helical shape, the internal space functions as a capacitive chamber. If the fluid pressure under measurement
is fluctuating, this design absorbs entire fluctuations and will result in stable tip movement.
The number of turns of the helix is selected depending upon the magnitude of pressure to be measured. The accuracy of this design ranges from ±0.5% to ±1%
using standard calibration and maintenance techniques. With a more accurate mathematical model this can be considerably improved.
In general, material of construction selected depends upon the type of measurement fluid as well as range of pressure to be measured. For noncorrosive atmosphere and
lowpressure application phosphor bronze and beryllium copper are used. For corrosive atmosphere and highpressure application, stainless steel, Monel, or
NiSPANC
are used.
The hysteresisloop area is equal to deformation work produced during one loading cycle. This deformation work is mainly transformed into heat energy, and a very small part of it into stored energy. The total hysteresis energy is then equal to the sum of areas of all hysteresis loops. If we neglect the (usually short) hardening/softening period during which the loop area undergoes changes, the total energy can be expressed as the product of the area of the saturation hysteresis loop and the number of cycles to fracture. This has been utilized in some energybased theories of the fatigue process, and thence the area of the stable hysteresis loop becomes an important quantity. The hysteresisloop area can be generally expressed as
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.1)}& \mathit{\Delta W}=\iint \mathit{d}\theta {\mathit{d}\epsilon}_{p}=\oint \sigma \left({\epsilon}_{p}\right){\mathit{d}\epsilon}_{p}\end{array}$$
This area depends on the hysteresisloop shape (via the function σ=σ(ε_{p})) and on the stress—and plastic—strain amplitudes, which are here limits of integration. Specific expressions for the loop area are then given by the choice of the stressstrain relation along the hysteresis loop.
Feltner and Morrow approximated the loop as shown in Fig. 2.16. This approximation assumes that (i) the half width of the loop is equal to the plasticstrain amplitude and (ii) the tensile part of the loop can be described by a powerlaw dependence of the type
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.2)}& {\mathit{\epsilon}}_{p}={\mathit{k\sigma}}_{a}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{1ex}{$m$}\right.}\end{array}$$
The constant k in this equation can be expressed using the boundary condition σ=σ_{a}, for ε=2ε_{ap} as k=2ε_{ap}/${\mathit{\sigma}}_{a}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$1$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{1ex}{$m$}\right.}$. Equation 2.2 can then be written in the form
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.3)}& \mathit{\epsilon}=\frac{{\mathit{\sigma}}_{\mathit{a}}}{{\left({2\epsilon}_{\mathit{ap}}\right)}^{\mathit{m}}}{\mathit{\sigma}}_{\mathit{p}}^{\mathit{m}}\end{array}$$
The hysteresisloop area is then (Fig. 2.16)
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.4)}& \mathit{\Delta W}=2{\int}_{0}^{2{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{ap}}}\sigma \left({\epsilon}_{p}\right){\mathit{d\epsilon}}_{p}=2{\int}_{0}^{2{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{ap}}}\frac{\mathit{\sigma}}{{\left({2\epsilon}_{\mathit{ap}}\right)}^{\mathit{m}}}{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{p}}^{\mathit{m}}\mathit{d}{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{p}}\end{array}$$
After integration we obtain
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.5)}& \mathit{\Delta W}=4{\mathit{\sigma}}_{\mathit{p}}{\epsilon}_{\mathit{ap}}\frac{1}{\mathit{m}+1}\end{array}$$
This hysteresisloop area can be expressed alternatively as a function of stress amplitude (by applying the equation for constant k) in the form
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.6)}& \mathit{\Delta W}=\frac{2\mathit{k}}{\mathit{m}+1}{\mathit{\sigma}}_{\mathit{a}}^{\raisebox{1ex}{$\left(\mathit{m},+,1\right)$}\!\left/ \!\raisebox{1ex}{$\mathit{m}$}\right.}\end{array}$$
The
assumptions used in this derivation are only rough approximations of
experimental findings. The half width of the hysteresis loop is always lower
than the plasticstrain amplitude. This difference is not important for
highamplitude cycling, but may be dominant for lowamplitude cycling. Figure
2.17 shows how far the powerlaw relation between stress and plastic strain
along the hysteresis loop is justified. Figure 2.17a is a typical example from the highamplitude region. In loglog coordinates, the
relation is a straight line, i. e. here the relation is a power law. Figure
2.17b presents a result in the same coordinates for the lowamplitude region.
It is obvious that the powerlaw approximation is no longer valid.
Morrow also assumes the powerlaw stressstrain relation, expressed in his paper as:
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.7)}& \mathit{\sigma}=const.{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{p}}^{{\mathit{n}}^{\mathit{\text{'}}}}\end{array}$$
… but does not identify a priori half width of the loop with the plasticstrain amplitude. Applying the boundary conditions according to Fig. 2.18, σ=σ_{a}, for ε_{p}=2ε_{ap} we get from eqn. 2.7
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.8)}& \mathit{\sigma}=\frac{2{\mathit{\sigma}}_{\mathit{a}}}{{\left(2,{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{ap}}\right)}^{{\mathit{n}}^{\mathit{\text{'}}}}}{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{p}}^{{\mathit{n}}^{\mathit{\text{'}}}}\end{array}$$
According to Fig. 2.18, the loop area can be then expressed in the form
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.9)}& \mathit{\Delta W}=4{\mathit{\sigma}}_{\mathit{a}}{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{ap}}2{\int}_{0}^{2{\mathit{\sigma}}_{\mathit{a}}}{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{p}}d\mathit{\sigma}\end{array}$$
Substituting eqn. 2.8 in eqn. 2.9, and integrating we obtain
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.10)}& \mathit{\Delta W}=4{\mathit{\sigma}}_{\mathit{a}}{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{ap}}\frac{1{\mathit{n}}^{\mathit{"}}}{1+{\mathit{n}}^{\mathit{\text{\'}}}}\end{array}$$
As can be seen in Fig. 2.17b, the value of n" in the lowamplitude region—if the powerlaw representation is justified at all—lies in the range 0.2 to 0.3. The loop area lies then in the range 2.2 to 2.7.
Some materials exhibit socalled Masing behaviour. In this case, the ascending branches of a set of hysteresis loops of different ε_{ap}, translated in such a way that their tips coincide at the positions of minimum stress, follow a common curve. In other words, the exponent n" in Morrow’s expression (eqn. 2.10) is identical with the cyclic strainhardening exponent n' (eqn. 2.1). The later modifications of the Morrow’s expression are based on the difference between the exponents n' and n". Nevertheless, the experimental data obtained both in the lowamplitude region and in the highamplitude region show a good applicability of the original Morrow's expression (eqn. 2.10), in which the exponent n' is replaced by the exponent of the cyclic stressstrain curve n'.
Summarizing both the theoretical calculations and the experimental results, it can be said that the area of the saturation hysteresis loop can be expressed to a first approximation as
$$\begin{array}{}\text{(2.11)}& \mathit{\Delta W}=const.{\mathit{\sigma}}_{\mathit{a}}{\mathit{\epsilon}}_{\mathit{ap}}\end{array}$$
where the multiplicative constant, lying roughly between 2 and 3 depends on the material and slightly on the strain amplitude.
Author: Dave Waddell
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Appendix
Special Metals NiSpanC® Alloy 902 

Categories: 

Material Notes: 
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Physical Properties 
Metric 
English 
Comments 

Density 
8.05 g/cc 
0.291 lb/in³ 

Mechanical Properties 
Metric 
English 
Comments 

Tensile Strength, Ultimate 
1210 MPa 
175000 psi 
Precipitation Hardened 

Tensile Strength, Yield 
760 MPa @Strain 0.200 % 
110000 psi @Strain 0.200 % 
Precipitation Hardened 

Elongation at Break 
25 % 
25 % 
Precipitation Hardened 

Modulus of Elasticity 

Shear Modulus 

Electrical Properties 
Metric 
English 
Comments 

Electrical Resistivity 
0.000102 ohmcm 
0.000102 ohmcm 

Curie Temperature 
190 °C 
374 °F 

Thermal Properties 
Metric 
English 
Comments 

CTE, linear 
7.60 µm/m°C @Temperature 20.0100 °C 
4.22 µin/in°F @Temperature 68.0212 °F 

Specific Heat Capacity 
0.500 J/g°C 
0.120 BTU/lb°F 

Thermal Conductivity 
12.1 W/mK 
84.0 BTUin/hrft²°F 

Melting Point 

Solidus 
1450 °C 
2640 °F 
Creep does not occur until the temperature ~>0.5 of the solidus i.e. 1320°F (715°C).  
Liquidus 
1480 °C 
2700 °F 

Component Elements Properties 
Metric 
English 
Comments 

Aluminum, Al 
0.30 0.80 % 
0.30 0.80 % 

Carbon, C 
<= 0.060 % 
<= 0.060 % 

Chromium, Cr 
4.9 5.75 % 
4.9 5.75 % 

Iron, Fe 
47 % 
47 % 
As remainder 

Manganese, Mn 
<= 0.80 % 
<= 0.80 % 

Nickel, Ni 
41 43.5 % 
41 43.5 % 
Including Cobalt 

Phosphorous, P 
<= 0.040 % 
<= 0.040 % 

Silicon, Si 
<= 1.0 % 
<= 1.0 % 

Sulfur, S 
<= 0.040 % 
<= 0.040 % 

Titanium, Ti 
2.2 2.75 % 
2.2 2.75 % 