Determination of buckling loads of conical shells using extrapolation techniques

Tohid Ghanbari Ghazijahani, Tadeh Zirakian*

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Shells are thin-walled structures whose stability and performance is governed by geometrical buckling. The buckling stability of shell structures has been investigated through numerous analytical and experimental studies. In an experimental investigation, it is quite important to determine the accurate buckling load of the structure as the critical load is usually masked by failure owing to large deformations as well as the effects of initial imperfections. On this basis, the main objective of this study is to evaluate the applicability of the Southwell, Massey, Modified, and Meck plotting methods in predicting the accurate critical buckling loads of conical shell structures with various geometrical properties. To this end, the buckling loads of several test specimens are determined through application of the aforementioned plotting methods as well as consideration of the test data for strain and displacement deformation variables, and compared with numerical and analytical predictions. Based on the findings of this study, agreement between the extrapolated and numerical as well as analytical results for buckling loads of the considered conical shell specimens is quite satisfactory, which is in turn indicative of applicability of the extrapolation techniques in experimental determination of buckling loads of shell structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-299
Number of pages8
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Buckling
  • Conical shells
  • Experiments
  • Deformation variables
  • Extrapolation techniques


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