Thin shells are widely used structural elements and are sometimes subjected to time-dependent loads after they have already acquired some prestress. The response of such a shell can be very different from that when the prestress is absent. The general methods of calculation of the response of the shell are discussed. The stability limit of the shell is viewed as a special result obtained in the free vibration analysis. An example of a typical containment shell of a nuclear power plant, housing the reactor, is worked out in detail. © 1972.
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