Basic Concepts in the Stability Theory of Thin-Walled Structures

  • Ardeshir GuranEmail author
  • Leonid P. Lebedev
Part of the Advanced Structured Materials book series (STRUCTMAT, volume 15)


Numerous specialized books and papers have been written about the subject of stability in mechanics. Most of these concentrate on methods for obtaining critical values of certain parameters and typically contain algorithms and graphs generated for describing important but very specific problems. In the present paper we take a step back and discuss the truly central notions regarding mechanical stability. Our intention is to treat the required concepts on a fairly elementary level, while simultaneously offering a bit of useful historical perspective. We also attempt to explain some common discrepancies between theoretical and practical results.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of StructronicsLinzAustria
  2. 2.Abteilung Robotik, Johannes Kepler UniversityLinzAustria
  3. 3.Universidad Nacional de ColombiaBogotá D.C.Colombia

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