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The ECOPRESS-project was
launched within the framework of the GROWTH program
sponsored by DG Research of the European Commission. It was
started as an EPERC1-initiative
based on a pre-study HSD sponsored by DG Enterprise on the
use of modern steel for pressure vessels (PV). The aim was
to reduce existing conservatism in PV-design with modern
steels which usually results from a lack of experience and
conservative regulations. PV-manufacturers, -designers,
-consultants, steel manufacturers and end-users together
with research centres and universities of international
renown were included in the project consortium to cover
the life chain of a vessel. There were three types of steel
studied in the project:
High strength steels, quenched
and tempered with yield strength
from 500 MPa up to 690 MPa.
TMCP steels with superior
toughness and strength and ductility properties and good
cold formability and weldability with yield strength up to
and above 420 MPa.
DUPLEX stainless steel of basic
research work, gathering 17 project partners, dealt with
intensive experimental work, Finite Element Modelling and
component-like tests for the modelling of limit conditions
of brittle and ductile fractures and plastic instability.
The results have been used to provide practical
recommendations for the economical and safe use of the
steels mentioned above.
By means of this seminar both the consortium and EPERC
express the wish of fast dissemination of actual research
results into the PV-community for discussion, utilisation in
building PV and standardisation.
Therefore all interested engineers and scientists are
invited to enter into this discussion about the economical
and safe application of modern steels for pressure vessel,
to attend the EPERC TTF2 meeting next to the seminar and
finally to visit Aachen, the old town of Charlemagne in the
heart of Europe.
European Pressure Equipment Research Council