Plates and Shells

By Prof. Sudip Talukdar   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 594
Plates and shells exhibit two dimensional structural actions that result in stronger, thinner and lighter structures and therefore, have economic advantage. This has opened the scope for the wide use of such elements in all fields of engineering due to significant increase of strength/weight ratio. This course is usually taught in Master’s degree level either as separate elective subject or including some principal topics in Continuum Mechanics. The exposure to this course and its completion are very essential in understanding the behaviour of thin structures for their applications in design. The proposed course is framed for post graduate level elective subjects for 12 weeks duration. The syllabus includes various topics of the linear elastic plate and shell theories, formulation of problems for different load cases and boundary conditions, finding closed form solutions and discussions of their limitations. The approximate methods, in case the closed form solutions are not available have also been included in the syllabus.

 The course is divided into 12 modules in which each module consists of 3 or 4 lecture hours. The assignment after the end of each module in MCQ/ Fill in the blanks or problem solving mode will be offered to the participants and asked to submit for evaluation. Evaluation is planned in off-line mode.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Master degree/ PhD students

PRE REQUISITE :BE (Civil/ Mechanical/ Aerospace Engg)

SUPPORTED INDUSTRIES : Aeronautics Research & Development Board, Delhi; Indian Space Research Org., Bangalore
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week-1 Introduction to plate theory and background
Week-2 Navier's method for rectangular plate
Week-3 Levy's method for rectangular plate
Week-4 Axi-symmetrical Bending of Circular Plate
Week-5 Approximate methods for bending of plate
Week-6 Buckling of thin plate
Week-7 Approximate methods for buckling of thin plate
Week-8 Introduction to shell structures and shell geometry
Week-9 Membrane theory for surface of revolution
Week-10 Membrane theory of pressure vessels
Week-11 Membrane analysis for cylindrical shell roof
Week-12 General theory of cylindrical shell

Books and references

  • S. P. Timoshenko and S. W-Krieger (1959) Theory of Plates and Shells, Mc-Graw Hill Internationa, London 
  • R. Szilard (1974), Theory and Analysis of Plates, Prentice Hall-INC, New Jersey 
  • A. Zingoni (1997), Shell Structures in Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Thomas Telford 
  • G. S. Ramaswamy (2002), Design and construction of shell roofs, CBS Publisher, New Delhi

Instructor bio

Prof. Sudip Talukdar

IIT Guwahati
Prof. Sudip Talukdar is currently working as a faculty of Civil Engineering Department of Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. Prior to joining IIT Guwahati, he was Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at Regional Engineering College, Silchar (presently, NIT Silchar). He is specialized in Structural Engineering. He obtained his B.E from Regional Engineering College Silchar (presently NIT Silchar) with a gold medal. He completed his Masters in Structural Engineering from Department of Civil Engineering of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur in Structural Dynamics in Aerospace Engineering Department. He has 21 years of experience in teaching and research as faculty of Civil Engineering Department in IIT Guwahati and 16 years in Regional Engineering College Silchar. He has published 127 papers till date in reputed International/ National Journals and Conference Proceedings. His research area includes theoretical and experimental works in wide areas of Structural Engineering. He is a member of Institution of Engineers (Ind), Indian Road Congress and Indian Society of Theoretical and Applied mechanics.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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