Experimental Mechanics

, Volume 14, Issue 8, pp 297–303 | Cite as

Experimental determination of the elasto-static response of thick shells

Experimental determination of the elastic response of thick cylinders with spherical heads to both symmetric and unsymmetric static localized surface loads are documented and compared with analytical predictions based on a linear classical thick-shell theory
  • P. G. Glockner
  • F. G. Bercha


This paper presents part of an experimental study aimed at investigating the static response of thick cylinders with spherical heads subjected to symmetric and unsymmetric localized surface loads. In addition, thermal strains due to various steady-state surface-temperature differences are presented.

Empirical strains and displacements are compared, where possible, with analytical predictions based on a linear classical thick-shell theory.


Experimental Study Mechanical Engineer Fluid Dynamics Experimental Determination Localize Surface 
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shell thickness


radius of curvature of midsurface




meridional midsurface arc-length coordinate


normal coordinate


temperature difference between inner- and outer-shell surface

\(\varepsilon _\theta\)

circumferential strain

\(\varepsilon _x\)

meridional strain


circumferential angle coordinate


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© Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. 1974

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. G. Glockner
    • 1
  • F. G. Bercha
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringThe University of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Acres Consulting Services LimitedCalgaryCanada

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