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Probing the stability of thin-shell space structures under bending

Royer, Fabien and Hutchinson, John W. and Pellegrino, Sergio (2022) Probing the stability of thin-shell space structures under bending. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 257 . Art. No. 111806. ISSN 0020-7683. doi:10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2022.111806.

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The stability of lightweight space structures composed of longitudinal thin-shell elements connected transversely by thin rods is investigated, extending recent work on the stability of cylindrical and spherical shells. The role of localization in the buckling of these structures is investigated and early transitions into the post-buckling regime are unveiled using a probe that locally displaces the structure. Multiple probe locations are studied and the probe force versus probe displacement curves are analyzed and plotted to assess the structure’s stability. The probing method enables the computation of the energy input needed to transition early into a post-buckling state, which is central to determining the critical buckling mechanism for the structure. A stability landscape is finally plotted for the critical buckling mechanism. It gives insight into the post-buckling stability of the structure and the existence of localized post-buckling states in the close vicinity of the fundamental equilibrium path.

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Additional Information:© 2022 Elsevier. Received 21 December 2021, Revised 9 May 2022, Accepted 13 June 2022, Available online 17 June 2022. FR and SP gratefully acknowledge financial support from the Space Solar Power Project at Caltech. The authors declare that they have no known competing financial interests or personal relationships that could have appeared to influence the work reported in this paper.
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Subject Keywords:Thin shells; Buckling; Stability; Buckling localization; Probing
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Official Citation:Fabien Royer, John W. Hutchinson, Sergio Pellegrino, Probing the stability of thin-shell space structures under bending, International Journal of Solids and Structures, 2022, 111806, ISSN 0020-7683,
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Deposited On:07 Jul 2022 15:03
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