Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 145638, 30 pages
Research Article

Stability of the Shallow Axisymmetric Parabolic-Conic Bimetallic Shell by Nonlinear Theory

1Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport, University of Ljubljana, Pot Pomorščakov 4, 6320 Portorož, Slovenia
2Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Aškerčeva 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Received 13 July 2010; Revised 16 February 2011; Accepted 30 May 2011

Academic Editor: Mohammad Younis

Copyright © 2011 M. Jakomin and F. Kosel. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this contribution, we discuss the stress, deformation, and snap-through conditions of thin, axi-symmetric, shallow bimetallic shells of so-called parabolic-conic and plate-parabolic type shells loaded by thermal loading. According to the theory of the third order that takes into account the balance of forces on a deformed body, we present a model with a mathematical description of the system geometry, displacements, stress, and thermoelastic deformations. The equations are based on the large displacements theory. We numerically calculate the deformation curve and the snap-through temperature using the fourth-order Runge-Kutta method and a nonlinear shooting method. We show how the temperature of both snap-through depends on the point where one type of the rotational curve transforms into another.