Free-Edge Plastic Buckling of Axially Compressed Cylindrical Shells

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S. C. Batterman

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pa.

J. Appl. Mech 35(1), 73-79 (Mar 01, 1968) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3601176 History: Received February 27, 1967; Revised May 31, 1967; Online September 14, 2011


Axisymmetric plastic buckling of axially compressed cylindrical shells is studied for semi-infinite shells and shells of finite length subject to free-edge boundary conditions. It is shown that the length of the cylinder has a negligible effect on the buckling load. Reductions in buckling stresses from the classical simple-support value are significant, with the amount of reduction dependent on the details of the variation of tangent modulus with stress. Numerical results are presented for cylinders composed of 2024-T4 aluminum and 3003-0 aluminum.

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