Thin shells are three-dimensional structures with a dimension (the thickness) small with respect to the two others.Such thin structures are widely used in automobileandaviation industries,or in civil engineering, because they provide animportantsti?ness, due to theircurvature,with a small weight. Fig. 0.1. Airbus A380 Fig. 0.2. Hemispherical roof (Marseille, France) One ofthechallenges is often to reduce the weight (andconsequently the thickness)oftheshells, preservingtheirsti?ness.So that it is essential to have 1 accuratemodelsforthinandevenverythinshells ,andtobeabletocomputethe displacements resultingfromagivenloading.In particular, singularities leading to fractures in some cases must be absolutely predicted a priori and ofcourse avoided (see Fig.0.3 forexample). Since the pioneeringmodels of Novozhilov-Donnell  and Koiter , numerous works havebeen devoted to establish linear and non linear elastic shell model usingdirect orsurfacic approaches .
More recently, the asymptoticmethods  havebeen used, to try tojustify rigorously, fromthe three-dimensional equations, the shell models obtained by direct approaches - lying onapriori assumption, andto construct new models . This way, 1 Very thin shells are present in certain domains of industry, as plastic ?lms for pa- aging or for electronics, streched sails, or even very thin metal sheets obtained by drawing. E. Sanchez-Palencia et al.: Singular Problems in Shell Theory, LNACM 54, pp. 1-11.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Number of pages: 266
Weight: 1260 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 17 mm
From the reviews:
"The book under review is devoted to a mathematically rigorous study of singularities in linear elastic shell theory which appear for very small thickness. ... This well-written book is a reader-friendly and good organized research work in the field of mathematical theory of shells. It can be recommended to highly-qualified experts in this field." (Igor Andrianov, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1208, 2011)