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ISRN Civil Engineering
Volume 2012, Article ID 989785, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/989785
Research Article

Behaviour and Optimization Aids of Composite Stiffened Hypar Shell Roofs with Cutout under Free Vibration

Department of Civil Engineering, Meghnad Saha Institute of Technology, Kolkata 700107, India

Received 22 February 2012; Accepted 19 April 2012

Academic Editor: I. Smith

Copyright © 2012 Sarmila Sahoo. 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.

Abstract

A scrutiny of the literature reveals that the free vibration characteristics of stiffened composite hypar shell with cutout are missing. So a generalized finite element formulation for the stiffened hyperbolic paraboloidal shells bounded by straight edges (commonly called as hypar shells) is attempted using an eight-noded curved quadratic isoparametric element for shell with a three-noded beam element for stiffener. Numerical problems of earlier investigators are solved as benchmark problems to validate the approach. A number of problems are further solved by varying the size of the cutouts and their positions with respect to the shell centre for different edge constraints. The results are presented in the form of figures and tables. The results are further analysed to suggest guidelines to select optimum size and position of the cutout with respect to shell centre considering the different practical constraints.