In Parts 1 and 2, we determined optimal forms of shallow shells with respect to vibration and stability, respectively. In this final part, we consider a given load and find the shell form for which the volume between the base plane and the deflected shell is a maximum. As before, the shell is assumed to be thin, elastic, and axisymmetric, with a given circular boundary that is either clamped or simply supported. The material, surface area, and uniform thickness of the shell are specified. Both uniformly distributed loads and concentrated central loads are treated. In the numerical results, the maximum enclosed volume is on the order of 10 percent higher than that for the corresponding spherical shell.

This content is only available via PDF.
You do not currently have access to this content.