Dynamic Pulse Buckling of Imperfection-Sensitive Shells

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Herbert E. Lindberg

APTEK, Inc., San Jose, CA 95129

J. Appl. Mech 58(3), 743-748 (Sep 01, 1991) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2897258 History: Received December 12, 1989; Revised May 18, 1990; Online March 31, 2008


The theoretical basis of two related but distinctly different dynamic buckling criteria are summarized with the objective of demonstrating the range of applicability of each, so that together they cover the entire range of dynamic pulse loads from nearly impulsive loads to step loads of infinite duration. The example chosen is a cylindrical shell under elastic axial loads but the approach is applicable more generally. A critical amplification-of-imperfections criterion with a linear shell theory is shown to be applicable for short duration loads, for which a threshold nonlinear divergence criterion gives loads an order of magnitude too conservative. Conversely, the linear theory is inapplicable for long duration loads, for which critical loads are lower than the linear static buckling load because of imperfection sensitivity. In this range the threshold nonlinear divergence criterion is used. For loads of intermediate duration, an extended critical amplification criterion is used with equations that conservatively assume zero static buckling load but give an unchanged formula for critical load amplitude-duration combinations.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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