Thin-walled metal shell structures are highly efficient in their use of material, but they are particularly sensitive to failure by buckiling. Many different forms of buckling can occur for different geometries and different loading conditions. Because this field of knowledge is both complex and industrially important, it is of great interest and concern in a wide range of industries. This book presents a compilation and synthesis of a wealth of research, experience and knowledge of the subject.
Information that was previously widely scattered throughout the literature is assembled in a concise and convenient form that is easy to understand, and state-of-the-art research findings are thoroughly examined. This book is useful for those involved in the structural design of silos, tanks, pipelines, biodigestors, chimneys, towers, offshore platforms, aircraft and spacecraft.
Buckling of Thin Metal Shells is essential reading for designers, researchers and code writers involved with thin-walled metal shell structures.
List of contributors. Preface 1. Buckling of thin shells: an overview 2. Cylindrical shells under axial compression 3. Cylindrical shells above local supports 4. Settlement beneath cylindrical shells 5. Cylindrical shells under uniform external pressure 6. Cylindrical shells under non-uniform external pressure 7. Cantilever cylindrical shells under wind loading 8. Cylindrical shells under torsion and transverse shear 9. Cylindrical shells under static and cyclic shear 10. Cylindrical shells under combined loading 11. Stiffened cylindrical shells 12. Large diameter fabricated steel tubes 13. Shell junctions 14. Rings at shell junctions 15. A probabilistic design approach for shell structures