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Advances in Condensed Matter Physics
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 923896, 10 pages
Research Article

Suppression of Brazier Effect in Multilayered Cylinders

1Department of Environmental Sciences & Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering, University of Yamanashi, 4-4-37 Takeda, Kofu, Yamanashi 400-8510, Japan
2Division of Engineering and Policy for Sustainable Environment, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Kita-13, Nishi-8, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-8628, Japan
3Department of Urban and Environment Engineering, Incheon National University, 12-1 Songdo-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon 406-772, Republic of Korea

Received 24 December 2013; Accepted 14 March 2014; Published 28 April 2014

Academic Editor: Zaoyang Guo

Copyright © 2014 Hiroyuki Shima et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


When a straight hollow tube having circular cross-section is bent uniformly into an arc, the cross-section tends to ovalize or flatten due to the in-plane stresses induced by bending; this ovalization phenomenon is called the Brazier effect. The present paper is aimed at theoretical formulation of the Brazier effect observed in multilayered cylinders, in which a set of thin hollow cylinders are stacked concentrically about the common axis. The results indicate that mechanical couplings between stacked cylinders are found to yield pronounced suppression of the cross-sectional ovalization. Numerical computations have been performed to measure the degree of suppression in a quantitative manner and to explore how it is affected by the variations in the bending curvature, the number of stacked cylinders, and the interlayer coupling strength.