Research Papers

Bending and Stretching of Corrugated Diaphragms

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Robert F. Dressler

Mathematical Physics Section, National Bureau of Standards, U. S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D. C.

J. Basic Eng 81(4), 651-659 (Dec 01, 1959) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4008583 History: Received June 30, 1958; Published December 01, 1959; Online February 20, 2019


Solutions of the exact linear elastic-shell equations for all stresses and displacements are presented for a typical corrugated-diaphragm shape for three thicknesses varying over a 9 to 1 range. Results were obtained by numerical integration using an electronic digital computer. The effect of thickness-diameter-ratio variation is discussed with respect to both stresses and resultants, and peak values needed for design purposes are presented. Circumferential and meridional stresses are found to be equally important throughout the thickness range analyzed. Bending and membrane stresses are likewise equally important throughout the range. Peak values in some cases occur near the outer rim.

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