Introduction to General Shell Theory

  • W. B. Krätzig
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 240)


As we all know from daily experience we are living in a geometrically three-dimensional world. The aim of any shell theory is to describe the mechanical behaviour of thin, three-dimensional bodies in a two-dimensional manner, namely by only two spatial coordinates. Because any unique mapping from a three- to a two-dimensional space is incompatible with our experience, this goal obviously can only be achieved in an approximative sense.


Strain Energy Density Moment Tensor Shell Theory Middle Surface Section Line 
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  • W. B. Krätzig
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  1. 1.Ruhr UniversityBochumGermany

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