2.081J / 16.230J Plates and Shells

Spring 2006

Buckling mode simulation for a cylinder subjected to torsion.
Finite element simulation captures the correct buckling mode of a cylinder subjected to torsion. (Image by Prof. Wierzbicki.)

Course Highlights

This course features complete monograph-style course notes in the readings section and a full set of assignments.

Course Description

This course explores the following topics: derivation of elastic and plastic stress-strain relations for plate and shell elements; the bending and buckling of rectangular plates; nonlinear geometric effects; post-buckling and ultimate strength of cold formed sections and typical stiffened panels used in naval architecture; the general theory of elastic shells and axisymmetric shells; buckling, crushing and bending strength of cylindrical shells with application to offshore structures; and the application to crashworthiness of vehicles and explosive and impact loading of structures. The class is taught during the first half of term.
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Prof. Tomasz Wierzbicki

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session