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Transient stability of empty and fluid-filled cylindrical shells

Author(s): Gonçalves Paulo B. | Silva Frederico M. A. da | del Prado Zenon J. G. N.

Journal: Journal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
ISSN 1678-5878

Volume: 28;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 331;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Cylindrical shells | fluid-structure interaction | parametric instability | nonlinear vibrations

In the present work a qualitatively accurate low dimensional model is used to study the non-linear dynamic behavior of shallow cylindrical shells under axial loading. The dynamic version of the Donnell non-linear shallow shell equations are discretized by the Galerkin method. The shell is considered to be initially at rest, in a position corresponding to a pre-buckling configuration. Then, a harmonic excitation is applied and conditions to escape from this configuration are sought. By defining steady state and transient stability boundaries, frequency regimes of instability may be identified such that they may be avoided in design. Initially a steady state analysis is performed; resonance response curves in the forcing plane are presented and the main instabilities are identified. Finally, the global transient response of the system is investigated in order to quantify the degree of safety of the shell in the presence of small perturbations. Since the initial conditions, or even the shell parameters, may vary widely, and indeed are often unknown, attention is given to all possible transient motions. As parameters are varied, transient basins of attraction can undergo quantitative and qualitative changes; hence a stability analysis which only considers the steady-state and neglects this global transient behavior, may be seriously non-conservative.
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