Plates and Shells

Buckling mode simulation for a cylinder subjected to torsion.

Finite element simulation captures the correct buckling mode of a cylinder subjected to torsion. (Image by Prof. Wierzbicki.)


MIT Course Number

2.081J / 16.230J

As Taught In

Spring 2007



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Course Features

Course Description

This course explores the following topics: derivation of elastic and plastic stress-strain relations for plate and shell elements; the bending and buckling of rectangular plates; nonlinear geometric effects; post-buckling and ultimate strength of cold formed sections and typical stiffened panels used in naval architecture; the general theory of elastic shells and axisymmetric shells; buckling, crushing and bending strength of cylindrical shells with application to offshore structures; and the application to crashworthiness of vehicles and explosive and impact loading of structures. The class is taught during the first half of term.

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Tomasz Wierzbicki. 2.081J Plates and Shells, Spring 2007. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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