Buckling Analysis of Thin-Walled Steel Structural Systems Using Generalized Beam Theory (GBT)
|Veröffentlicht in:||International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, Januar 2015, n. 1, v. 15|
This paper deals with the application of beam finite element models based on generalized beam theory (GBT) to analyze the buckling behavior of four thin-walled steel structural systems, namely (i) beams belonging to storage rack systems, (ii) pitched-roof industrial frames, (iii) portal frames built from cold-formed rectangular hollow section (RHS) profiles and (iv) roof-supporting trusses, exhibiting different support conditions and subjected to various loadings. In particular, taking advantage of the GBT unique and structurally clarifying modal features, it is possible to assess how different geometries and/or bracing arrangements affect (improve) the local, distortional and/or global buckling behavior of the above structural systems. The accuracy of the GBT-based buckling results is assessed through the comparison with values yielded by rigorous shell finite element analyzes carried out in the code ANSYS. In spite of the disparity between the numbers of degrees of freedom involved, which are orders of magnitude apart, there is a virtual coincidence between the critical loads and mode shapes provided by the GBT (beam) and ANSYS (shell) finite element analyzes.
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