The problem of “Free Vibrations Centrally and Non Centrally Stiffened Composite Shallow Cylindrical Shell Panels” are briefly considered and their vibration characteristics are compared, in detail, in terms of their natural frequencies and the corresponding mode shapes. First, the complete set of composite shallow cylindrical shell equations are reduced to a system of first order ordinary differential equations in “state-vector” form. Then, by making use of the “Modified Transfer Matrix Method”, the effects of the position and the width of the stiffening shell strip in the natural frequencies and the mode shapes of the panel system are plotted and compared. Some significant results of parametric studies and also the possibility of some kind of hit-and-run type of optimization are presented.

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