The finite axisymmetric deformation of a thin shell of revolution is treated in this analysis. The governing differential equations are given for a hyperelastic shell material with the Mooney-Rivlin strain-energy-density function. These equations are solved numerically using a 4th-order Runge-Kutta integration method. A generalized Newton-Raphson iteration procedure is used to systematically improve trial solutions of the differential equations. The governing differential equations are differentiated with respect to a set of generalized coordinates to derive associated rate equations. The rate equations are solved numerically to generate the tangent stiffness matrix which is used to determine the load deformation history of the shell with incremental loading. Numerical examples are presented to illustrate the major characteristics of nonlinear shell behavior.

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