Thin-walled structures comprise an important and growing proportion of engineering construction with areas of application becoming increasingly diverse, ranging from aircraft, automotive, bridges, ships, oil rigs to storage vessels, industrial buildings and warehouses.
Many factors, including cost and weight economy, new materials and processes and the growth of powerful methods of analysis have contributed to this growth, and led to the need for a journal which concentrates specifically on structures in which problems arise due to the thinness of the walls. This field includes cold–formed sections, plate and shell structures, reinforced plastics structures and aluminium structures, and is of importance in many branches of engineering. Recently, this field has also been extended to include thin-walled nanostructures, such as 2D X-enes (e.g. graphene) and other related ones, and their mechanical and strength properties.
The primary criterion for consideration of papers in Thin-Walled Structures is that they must be concerned with thin–walled structures or the basic problems inherent in thin–walled structures. Provided this criterion is satisfied no restriction is placed on the type of construction, material or field of application. Papers on theory, experiment, design, etc., are published and it is expected that many papers will contain aspects of all three.