In this paper we analyze Saint-Venant end effects for materials with negative Poisson ’s ratios. We present an example of slow decay of stress arising from selfequilibrated stress at the end of a circular cylinder of elastic material with a negative Poisson’s ratio. By contrast, a sandwich panel containing rigid face sheets and a compliant core exhibits no anomalous effects for negative Poisson’s ratio, but exhibits slow stress decay for core Poisson’s ratio approaching 0.5. In sandwich panels with stiff but not perfectly rigid face sheets, slow decay of stress is known to occur; a negative Poisson’s ratio results in end stress decay, which is faster than it would be otherwise.

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