Date of Award


Degree Type



Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Gorla, Rama

Subject Headings

Thermoelastic stress analysis, Heat -- Transmission, Finite element method, Structural analysis (Engineering)


Stress analysis of a cone-cylinder pressure vessel was computationally simulated by a finite element method and probabilistically evaluated in view of the several uncertainties in the performance parameters. Cumulative distribution functions and sensitivity factors were computed for overall Von Mises stresses due to the structural and thermodynamic random variables. These results can be used to quickly identify the most critical design variables in order to optimize the design and make it cost effective. The analysis leads to the selection of the appropriate measurements to be used in structural and heat transfer analysis and to the identification of both the most critical measurements and parameters