Bending tests of circular cylinders of corrugated aluminum-alloy sheet

Buckwalter, John C (Stanford University) Reed, Warren D (Stanford University) Niles, Alfred S (Stanford University)
naca-tn-595
March 1937


Bending tests were made of two circular cylinders of corrugated aluminum-alloy sheet. In each test failure occurred by bending of the corrugations in a plane normal to the skin. It was found, after analysis of the effect of short end bays, that the computed stress on the extreme fiber of a corrugated cylinder is in excess of that for a flat panel of the same basic pattern and panel length tested as a pin-ended column. It is concluded that this increased strength was due to the effects of curvature of the pitch line. It is also concluded from the tests that light bulkheads closely spaced strengthen corrugated cylinders very materially.

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