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Stress Analysis of Prismatic and Cylindrical Shells


Skjelbreia, Lars (1953) Stress Analysis of Prismatic and Cylindrical Shells. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/5DQX-4V47.


This thesis consists essentially of two distinct parts. The first part deals with the development of the theory and the second part deals with experimental verification of the theory. The theory developed in this paper applies to the analysis of prismatic shells, also called hipped-plate structures or "Faltwerke", and uses only techniques commonly employed in structural engineering analysis. A cylindrical shell is approximated by a prismatic shell and analysed as such. In the analysis, extensive use is made of a relaxation or distribution method. Both simply supported and continuous shells are treated. For the purpose of verifying the theory several test models were built, both prismatic and cylindrical. Stresses were measured with electric strain gages, and close agreement was found between theory and experiments.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Civil Engineering and Mathematics)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Civil Engineering
Minor Option:Mathematics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Housner, George W.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1953
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-05122003-093311
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:1728
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Deposited On:13 May 2003
Last Modified:26 May 2023 18:43

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