The paper considers pure bending and stretching of axially uniform, orthotropic nonhomogeneous (laminated) thin-walled beams, as a problem of the theory of thin shells. In analyzing this problem, it is found that the stretching and bending stiffness factors for such shells are generally different for closed-cross-section shells and for longitudinally slit shells. While an analogous result for torsion of (homogeneous) shells is well known, the significance of the present results for the problems of bending and stretching of laminated shells lies in the fact that no such effect exists for homogeneous shells.

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