Axisymmetric Upheaval Buckling of a Heavy Sheet

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R. E. Hobbs

Civil Engineering Department, Imperial College, London, SW7 2BU, U.K.

J. Appl. Mech 57(2), 472-474 (Jun 01, 1990) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2892015 History: Received July 13, 1988; Revised July 01, 1989; Online March 31, 2008


A large elastic sheet with a significant self-weight subject to biaxial in-plane compression while lying on a rigid horizontal plane may buckle. The buckles, circular areas which lift away from the rigid subgrade, are essentially a plate phenomenon, an axisymmetric analogue to the widely discussed upheaval buckling of beams. It is found that plate upheaval is relatively insensitive to subgrade friction, a fact which may simplify design against such buckling.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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