Cylindrical shell buckling: a characterization of localization and periodicity

G W Hunt, G. J. Lord, M. A. Peletier

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-518
Number of pages14
JournalDiscrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003


  • Bifurcation
  • Localization
  • Post-buckling
  • Shell buckling
  • Von Kármán-Donnell equations


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