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Cylindrical shell buckling: a characterization of localization and periodicity. (English) Zbl 1046.74017
Summary: A hypothesis for the prediction of the circumferential wavenumber of buckling of the thin axially-compressed cylindrical shell is presented, based on the addition of a length effect to the classical (Koiter circle) critical load result. Checks against physical and numerical experiments, both by direct comparison of wavenumbers and via a scaling law, provide strong evidence that the hypothesis is correct.

74G60 Bifurcation and buckling
74K25 Shells
74S05 Finite element methods applied to problems in solid mechanics
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