The paper deals with an elastic-plastic analysis of a cantilever cylindrical shell loaded at its free end by a concentrated radial force. The problem is solved by means of the so-called “geometric elements” which conform to the deformation pattern of the shell. The results obtained define the large deformation behavior and the motion of plastic zones over the surface of the shell. A comparison with a standard finite element solution is made, and the advantages of the geometric approach are shown.

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