THE INFLUENCE OF DAMPING ON THE SNAPPING OF A SHALLOW ARCH UNDER A STEP PRESSURE LOAD
Technical rept. no. 9
CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN DIEGO LA JOLLA DEPT OF THE AEROSPACE AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCES
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The snapping of a simply-supported shallow sinusoidal arch under a sinusoidally distributed step pressure load is considered. In the presence of velocity-dependent damping of any nonzero magnitude, it is shown that there exists no difference between static and dynamic snap loads for arch rises above a certain magnitude and for sufficiently small external disturbances. Below the foregoing value of arch rise snapping is governed entirely by symmetric snap- through. The results obtained herein, when compared to an existing analysis on the subject, imply that a jump in the critical snap-through load occurs at the boundary between the damped and undamped systems. Similar results concerning cylinders and rings are mentioned.
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