On the Optimum Design of Shells

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R. T. Shield

Brown University, Providence, R. I.

J. Appl. Mech 27(2), 316-322 (Jun 01, 1960) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3643959 History: Received January 29, 1959; Online September 16, 2011


A procedure is developed for obtaining the design of an elastic, perfectly plastic shell or structure which will support prescribed loads and which is the optimum design for a given criterion. The action of body forces is included in the analysis. Some problems in the minimum volume design of a circular cylindrical sandwich shell are solved to illustrate the method, and it is found that only for relatively short shells does the minimum volume design effect an appreciable saving over the membrane design.

Copyright © 1960 by ASME
Topics: Design , Shells , Membranes , Force , Stress
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