A hypothesis for the prediction of the circumferential wavenumber of buckling ofthe thin axially-compressed cylindrical shell is presented, based on the addition of a length effect to the classical (Koiter circle) critical load result. Checks against physical and numerical experiments, both by direct comparison of wavenumbers and via a scaling law, provide strong evidence that the hypothesis is correct.

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Modelling, Analysis and Simulation [MAS]

Hunt, G.W, Lord, G.J, & Peletier, M.A. (2002). Cylindrical shell buckling: a characterization of localization and periodicity. Modelling, Analysis and Simulation [MAS]. CWI.