Plates and Shells

IIT Guwahati, , Prof. Sudip Talukdar

Updated On 02 Feb, 19


Plates and shells exhibit two dimensional structural actions that result in stronger, thinner and lighter structures and therefore, have economic advantage. This has opened the scope for the wide use of such elements in all fields of engineering due to significant increase of strength/weight ratio. This course is usually taught in Masters degree level either as separate elective subject or including some principal topics in Continuum Mechanics. The exposure to this course and its completion are very essential in understanding the behaviour of thin structures for their applications in design. The proposed course is framed for post graduate level elective subjects for 12 weeks duration. The syllabus includes various topics of the linear elastic plate and shell theories, formulation of problems for different load cases and boundary conditions, finding closed form solutions and discussions of their limitations. The approximate methods, in case the closed form solutions are not available have also been included in the syllabus.

The course is divided into 12 modules in which each module consists of 3 or 4 lecture hours. The assignment after the end of each module in MCQ/ Fill in the blanks or problem solving mode will be offered to the participants and asked to submit for evaluation. Evaluation is planned in off-line mode.


Lecture 25: Lec 24: Stress resultants and couples in shells

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Plates and Shells

Course URL: https://onlinecourses.nptel.ac.in/noc21_ce59/preview

Prof. Sudip Talukdar
Dept of Civil Engineering
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati

Course Details

Course layout

Week-1Introduction to plate theory and background
Week-2Navier's method for rectangular plate
Week-3Levy's method for rectangular plate
Week-4Axi-symmetrical Bending of Circular Plate
Week-5Approximate methods for bending of plate
Week-6Buckling of thin plate
Week-7Approximate methods for buckling of thin plate
Week-8Introduction to shell structures and shell geometry
Week-9Membrane theory for surface of revolution
Week-10Membrane theory of pressure vessels
Week-11Membrane analysis for cylindrical shell roof
Week-12General theory of cylindrical shell



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Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.

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Great course. Thank you very much.