Collapse of Clamped Variable Thickness Circular Plates

by Helmut M. Haydl, Res. Student; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada,
Archibald N. Sherbourne, Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Dean of Engrg.; Univ. of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Engineering Mechanics Division, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 6, Pg. 1309-1314

Document Type: Journal Paper


Limit analysis solutions for variable thickness circular plates are not well represented in the engineering literature, although designers and analysts are faced with estimating the collapse loads of these structural members. Circular plates of varying profile have been investigated by Hopkins and Prager and Haydl and Sherbourne. The purpose of this note is to provide a limit solution for the title problem and to show that the method of analysis employed is quite general, and is applicable to a wide range of related problems.

Subject Headings: Thickness | Plates | Failure loads | Limit analysis | Structural failures

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