circumferentially. The length, L1, of the tank barrel is 300 in, and the radius, r, is 160 in.
A half cylindrical tank is considered due to symmetry. The design variables are the
isogrid spacing, b, the isogrid blade height, h, and the thicknesses the skin, tl, and the
thickness of the isogrid blades, tz. The geometry of the ring is fixed. Following Lamberti
et al. (2003) the panel is designed subj ect to two load cases
* internal proof pressure of 3 5 psi critical for strength
* axial compressive load Nx = 1000 lb/in, with an internal (stabilizing) pressure of 5
psi critical for buckling.
Figure 8-1. Isogrid-stiffened cylindrical shell with internal isogrid and external rings with
isogrid pattern oriented along circumferential direction for increased bending
stiffness in hoop direction
The weight W of the panel is minimized subject to the constraint that the
probability of failure P of the panel must be lower than a given requirement. The
reliability-based optimization of stiffened panels is formulated as
minimize W = W(b, h, tz,t,)
such that
P