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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 274091, 14 pages
Research Article

Static Analytical Approach of Moderately Thick Cylindrical Ribbed Shells Based on First-Order Shear Deformation Theory

1School of Highway, Chang’an University, Xi’an 710064, China
2School of Science, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’an 710055, China

Received 22 December 2014; Revised 12 February 2015; Accepted 12 February 2015

Academic Editor: Francesco Tornabene

Copyright © 2015 Jinxing Lai 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.


The classical shell theory (CST) without considering the shear deformation has been commonly used in the calculation of shells structures recently. However, the impact of theory of plates and shells subjected to the shear deformation on the calculation is increasingly pronounced along with the wide use of composite laminated structures. In this paper, based on first-order shear deformation theory (FSDT) of cylindrical shells, the displacement control differential equation of moderately thick cylindrical shells has been obtained, so has been the edge force at longitudinal of the shells. Meanwhile, a group of unit force is introduced to deduce the displacement of edge beam under the action of edge force. A join condition of moderately thick cylindrical ribbed shells is established according to the continuity of displacement as well. Most notably, the displacement analytical solution of bending problems of moderately thick cylindrical ribbed shells is obtained, which has profound theoretical significance for further improving the analytical solution of moderately thick cylindrical shells.