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Title: An investigation into the plastic buckling paradox for circular cylindrical shells under non-proportional loading
Authors: Shamass, R
Alfano, G
Guarracino, F
Keywords: Shell buckling;Shell instability;Plastic buckling;Deformation plasticity;Flow plasticity;Plastic paradox;Non-linear FEA;Non-proportional loading
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Thin-Walled Structures (2015), 95, October
Abstract: Many authors in the literature agreed that the flow theory of plasticity either fails to predict buckling or overestimates plastic buckling stresses and strains of plates and shells while the deformation theory succeeds in forecasting buckling and provides estimates that are more in line with the experimental results. Following a previous study by the same authors focused on compressed cylinders, the present work aims to investigate the reasons for the discrepancy between the flow and deformation theory predictions in the case of cylinders subjected to combined axial tensile load and increasing external lateral pressure. To this end, geometrically nonlinear finite-element calculations of selected cylindrical shells using both the flow theory and the deformation theory of plasticity have been conducted, and the results are compared with some accurate physical test results and with numerical results obtained by other authors using the code BOSOR5. It is found, contrary to common belief, that very good agreement between numerical and test results can be obtained in the case of the flow theory of plasticity. The reasons underlying the apparent plastic buckling paradox are discussed in detail.
ISSN: 0263-8231
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research Papers

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