Axisymmetric Behavior of an Elastic Spherical Shell Compressed Between Rigid Plates

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D. P. Updike, A. Kalnins

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.

J. Appl. Mech 37(3), 635-640 (Sep 01, 1970) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3408592 History: Received August 29, 1969; Online July 12, 2010


This paper presents the first phase in the analysis of the deformation of a shell of revolution when it is being crushed by a rigid wall. In this paper, the analysis accounts for finite deflections and rotations but assumes that the material remains linearly elastic. The load-deflection behavior is obtained for a hemispherical shell, and it shows that the shell cannot collapse with a flat contact region. The conditions for the buckling of the contact region are determined.

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