Nonlinear analysis of stiffened laminated cylindrical shells using the layerwise theory of Reddy Conference Paper uri icon


  • The layerwise shell theory of Reddy is used to develop the buckling and the postbuckling equations of circular cylindrical shells reinforced by means of axial and ring stiffeners and subject to mechanical and thermal loads. The `smeared technique' is used for the stiffeners, and the Rayleigh-Ritz method is used to reduce the continuum problem to a set of nonlinear algebraic equations, which are solved using the Riks-Wempner iterative technique. Numerical results for stiffened and unstiffened cylinders are presented, showing that imperfection-sensitivity is strictly related to the number of nearly simultaneous buckling modes.

published proceedings

  • Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space

author list (cited authors)

  • Savoia, M., & Reddy, J. N.

complete list of authors

  • Savoia, M||Reddy, JN

publication date

  • January 1994