SS-V: 5070 Pinched Hemispherical Shell

Test No. VNL08 Find displacements of a hemispherical shell loaded with inward and outward concentrated forces.


A hemispherical shell is loaded with inward and outward concentrated forces at point A and point B, respectively. The hemisphere has an 18 degree hole at the top and the quadrant of the hemisphere is modeled utilizing symmetric boundary conditions (Figure 1). Correspondingly, forces P shown in Figure 1 are acting on the quadrant. Displacement at points A and B are to be determined for force values P = 40, 60, and 100 lbf.

Figure 1.
The material properties are:
Modulus of Elasticity
6.825e+7 psi
Poisson's Ratio


Symmetry conditions were simulated via sliding boundary conditions applied at faces coinciding with symmetry planes (Figure 2). Concentrated forces were applied in points of outer face of the sphere (Figure 3). In order to eliminate rigid body motion along Z-axis a point on the top of the sphere was constrained in Z-direction (Figure 4).

In Figure 5 and Figure 6 true deformations of the shell at load P = 100 lbf are shown.

The following tables summarize the comparison results.
Load [lbf] Ref Solution *, Uy at Point A [in] SimSolid, Displacement Ux at Point A [in] % Difference
40 -3.280 -3.148 -4.02%
60 -4.360 -4.120 -5.50
100 -5.950 -5.482 -7.87
Load [lbf] Ref Solution *, Uy at Point B [in] SimSolid, Displacement Ux at Point B [in] % Difference
40 -2.330 -2.268 -2.66%
60 -2.830 -2.725 -3.71%
100 -3.430 -3.255 -5.10%

* Ref Solution is a thin shell model

Figure 2.

Figure 3.

Figure 4.

Figure 5.
Figure 6.

1 Test 3DNLG-9 from NAFEMS Publication R0024 “A Review of Benchmark Problems for Geometric Non-linear Behaviour of 3-D Beams and Shells (SUMMARY).”