Ultimate strength of submarine pressure hulls with failure governed by inelastic buckling

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The analysis of submarine pressure hull assumes great importance among structural engineers due to the complexity involved in the collapse mechanism of stiffened shell structures. In most of the cases, the failure of stiffened shell structures occurs due to elastic buckling. But for some combinations of shell-stiffener geometry and material characteristics, the structure can fail by inelastic buckling, for which the methods of analysis are meagre. In this paper, the analysis of submarine pressure hull structure in which the failure gets governed by inelastic buckling is demonstrated. Three different approaches have been employed to investigate the ultimate strength of the ring stiffened submarine pressure hull structure with inelastic buckling modes of failure. The methods used are 'Johnson-Ostenfeld inelastic correction', 'imperfection method' and 'finite element approach'. A typical submarine shell structure has been analysed for the inelastic buckling failure using these three approaches and the results are discussed. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Finite element approach, Imperfection method, Inelastic buckling, Johnson-Ostenfeld inelastic correction, Ring stiffened shell, Submarine pressure hulls