Spherical Shells

  • M. B. Bickell
  • C. Ruiz


A thin spherical shell is a very effective pressure container because the nominal stress is the same in all directions. Furthermore, it need be only half as thick as a cylinder of the same diameter. Unfortunately a spherical shell is rather ineffective when subjected to loads normal to the surface and high bending stresses are induced by this type of load. For the usual forms of surface loading, the bending behaviour of spherical shells is only significant near a boundary, so the analysis follows the procedure used in Chapter 5 for cylindrical shells.


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© M. B. Bickell and C. Ruiz 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. B. Bickell
    • 1
  • C. Ruiz
    • 2
  1. 1.Babcock & Wilcox Ltd.UK
  2. 2.University of SheffieldUK

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