Buckling of Axially Loaded Open Shells

by Tung H. Yang, Mechanical Engineer; Pullman-Standard, Hammond, Ind.,
Sidney A. Guralnick, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg., and Provost; Illinois Inst. of Tech., Chicago, Ill.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 2, Pg. 199-211

Document Type: Journal Paper


This paper describes an experimental investigation of the buckling behavior of axially-loaded thin open cylindrical shells. The results of experiments with 36 aluminum shell specimens are compared with predictions of buckling made by means of two separate theoretical approaches. Discrepancies between measured and predicted values of buckling load are treated in detail. Generally speaking, the experiments revealed a satisfactory agreement between measured buckling loads and predicted values especially in instances where the slenderness ratio exceeds 1.5.

Subject Headings: Axial loads | Buckling | Load factors | Structural behavior | Cylindrical shell method | Agreements and treaties | Cross sections

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