Stability of Hyperboloidal Cooling Tower

by Henry L. Langhaar, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL,
Arthur P. Boresi, Prof.; Dept. of Theoretical and Appl. Mech., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL,
Robert E. Miller, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL,
Jerry J. Bruegging, Res. Engr.; , The Marley Co., Kansas City, MO,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 5, Pg. 753-779

Document Type: Journal Paper


An infinitesimal theory of instability of an elastic orthotropic shell of revolution subjected to uniform external normal pressure is developed. The theory leads to a linear eigenvalue problem for determination of the buckling pressure. Illustrative numerical calculations based on piecewise-polynomial approximations and the partition method are given for the Fort Martin tower erected in West Virginia by the Marley Co. The tower is a reinforced concrete hyperboloidal shell of revolution, 370 ft. high and 5.5 in. thick for most of its height.

Subject Headings: Cooling towers | Numerical methods | Reinforced concrete | Elastic analysis | Orthotropic materials | External pressure | Linear functions | Eigenvalues | West Virginia

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