A long, thin circular cylindrical shell is loaded at one edge by symmetrical radial shear Qx and bending moment Mx. (No interior pressure.) The shell is made of material which under applied stress creeps with a strain rate which is proportional to the rth power of the stress. Previous results are used to derive, approximately, the greatest stress in the shell for any Qx, Mx, and r. It is shown that for any load the greatest stress decreases as r increases, and is approximately a linear function of 1/r. The case r = 1 is exactly analogous to a linear elastic problem, and the case r → = ∞ corresponds exactly to a perfectly plastic problem. Results for any exponent r may thus be found approximately by simple interpolation between results obtained in linearelastic analysis and perfectly plastic analysis.

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