Buckling of Thick Orthotropic Cylindrical Shells Under External Pressure

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G. A. Kardomateas

School of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0150

J. Appl. Mech 60(1), 195-202 (Mar 01, 1993) (8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2900745 History: Received September 12, 1991; Revised January 27, 1992; Online March 31, 2008


An elasticity solution to the problem of buckling of orthotropic cylindrical shells subjected to external pressure is presented. In this context, the structure is considered a three-dimensional body. The results show that the shell theory predictions can produce nonconservative results on the critical load of composite shells with moderately thick construction. The solution provides a means of accurately assessing the limitations of shell theories in predicting stability loss.

Copyright © 1993 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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