A method for calculating the dynamic response of deformable axisymmetric solids, subjected to time-dependent axisymmetric loads is described. The nonlinearities considered in this analysis include material nonlinearity (elastic-plastic behavior) and geometric nonlinearity, which includes finite deformation. The finite-element method is applied to approximate the continuum by a lumped-mass system connected by axisymmetric elements. The equations of motion are solved by applying a step-by-step numerical technique. The analysis is illustrated by application to the collapse of a built-in spherical dome with varying thickness and to the impact of a cylinder against a rigid wall. Close agreement is obtained between the results from the present technique and results obtained from the literature.

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