Applied Scientific Research

, Volume 20, Issue 1, pp 326–337 | Cite as

Stress concentration and load diffusion in rectangular panels with constant stress flanges

  • B. Dattaguru
  • A. K. Rao


The stress concentration that occurs when load is diffused from a constant stress member into thin sheet is an important problem in the design of light weight structures. By using solutions in biharmonic polar-trigonometric series, the stress concentration can be effectively isolated so that highly accurate information necessary for design can be obtained. A method of analysis yielding high accuracy with limited effort is presented for rectangular panels with transverse edges free or supported by inextensional end ribs. Numerical data are given for panels with length twice the width.


Stress Concentration Flange Numerical Data Accurate Information Light Weight 
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a, b

semi length, semi width of panel

EIf, EIr

flexural stiffness of flange and end rib, respectively


axial stiffness of end rib


flange area


flange load


shear applied to panel along its edges


thickness of the panel

x, y

Cartesian coordinates

r, θ

polar coordinates

σAB, σDC

constant axial stress in flanges AB and DC, respectively

σx, σy, σxy

direct and shear stress in Cartesian coordinates

σγ, σα, σγγ

direct and shear stress in polar coordinates


Airy stress function

Subscripts to F and P

single letters

indicate location (e.g. PA

pairs of letters

indicate flange along which the quantity varies (e.g. PAB)


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© Martinus Nijhoff 1969

Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Dattaguru
    • 1
  • A. K. Rao
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. of Aeronautical Eng.Indian Institute of ScienceBangalore - 12India

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