The present work is a part of the effort toward the development of an efficient method of solution to handle general nonsymmetric time-harmonic end conditions in a cylinder with a traction-free lateral surface. Previously, Kim and Steele (1989a) develop an approach for the general axisymmetric case, which utilizes the well-known uncoupled wave solutions for a mixed lateral wall condition. For the case of a traction-free lateral wall, the uncoupled wave solutions provide: (1) a convenient set of basis functions and (2) approximations for the relation between end stress and displacement which are asymptotically valid for high mode index numbers. The decay rate with the distance from the end is, however, highly dependent on the lateral wall conditions. The present objective was to demonstrate that the uncoupled solutions of the nonsymmetric waves discussed by Kim (1989), which satisfy certain mixed lateral wall conditions, can be utilized in an analogous manner for the asymptotic analysis of the traction-free case. Results for the end displacement/stress due to various end conditions, computed by the present method and by a more standard collocation method, were compared. The present method was found to reduce the computational effort by orders of magnitude.

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