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Stresses and Strains in Cylindrical Shells


Williams, Harry Edwin (1956) Stresses and Strains in Cylindrical Shells. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/1EB7-W116.


As a consequence of assuming that the circumferential normal strain and in-plane shear strain of a cylindrical shell vanish, a relatively simple differential equation is derived which can be readily solved. An investigation of the frequencies of harmonic vibration of each Fourier component of the shell leads to a criterion determining a range of wave numbers within which the approximate method leads to satisfactory results. Experimental measurements show that solutions of the approximate equation are accurate except in the vicinity of a sharp variation of the load intensity, and so long as the length to diameter ratio of the shell is sufficiently large

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Mechanical Engineering and Physics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Mechanical Engineering
Minor Option:Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Housner, George W.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1956
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-03272007-143555
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ID Code:1177
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Deposited On:28 Mar 2007
Last Modified:09 Aug 2023 18:43

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