Axisymmetric deformation of a pressurized thin elastic membrane with nonuniform thickness


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Many circular elastic membranes used in practice involve nonuniform thickness, which is a main source of error that affects the functionality of the membrane. An analytical framework is developed in this paper to solve the deflection profile of a pressurized circular membrane with nonuniform thickness. The nonlinear solution is established within the deformed configuration. The results are compared with finite-element simulation with good agreement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1146-1150
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Engineering Mechanics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

The work was supported in part by the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University, New York, NY, and in part by NSF CMMI-0407743 and CMMI-0643726. The writer is benefited from discussion with Professor John Hutchinson at Harvard University.


  • Axisymmetry
  • Elastic deformation
  • Membranes
  • Pressure
  • Thickness


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