Aspect ratio factor for finite element method analysis of axially symmetric cylindrical shell walls
Finite Element Method (FEM) is one of the most commonly used numerical analysis method for the structural analysis. The axially symmetric cylindrical shell walls analysis can be made by using FEM or similarity of beams on elastic foundation. The Superposition Method (SPM) is a method developed for the analysis of beams and can be employed in the analysis of cylindrical shell walls.
In the analyses using FEM, there are some assumptions and boundaries for preparing mathematical models. One of these boundaries for shell walls is aspect ratio. In this study, it is investigated, the aspect ratio factor for FEM analysis of axially symmetric cylindrical shell walls. For that reason the FEM analysis results are compared with the Superposition Method (SPM). In order to obtain exact solution of cylindrical shell walls, the effects of loadings is calculated and defined to the computer program, which is developed for SPM analysis by using Visual Basic programming language. According to analysis results, aspect ratio has a significantly effect on analysis results. Also, it is occurred minor difference in the FEM analysis results even if in case of obeying the rules.
First published online: 10 Mar 2015
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