The paper presents an asymptotic expansion procedure (with reference to decreasing values of wall-thickness shell-radius ratio) for the solutions of the linear theory of the three simultaneous equations for displacements in isotropic circular cylindrical shells. The resultant expansions are applied to a number of fundamental boundary-value problems for a semi-infinite shell. The analysis shows the importance of the joint consideration of differential equations and boundary conditions for a clarification of the asymptotic nature of the solution to be determined.

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