Gbt-based Buckling Analysis of Thin- Walled Steel Frames With Arbitrary Loading and Support Conditions
|Published in:||International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, September 2010, n. 3, v. 10|
This paper is concerned with the development and application of a Generalized Beam Theory (GBT) formulation to analyse the local and global buckling behavior of thin-walled steel plane and space frames with arbitrary loadings and various support conditions. This formulation takes into account the geometrical effects stemming from the presence of longitudinal normal stress gradients and also the ensuing pre-buckling shear stresses. Following a description of the main concepts and procedures involved in determining the finite element and frame linear and geometric stiffness matrices (incorporating the influence of joints, applied loading and support conditions), one presents and discusses some numerical results concerning the local and global buckling behavior of (i) simple "L-shaped" frames and (ii) space frames formed by two symmetrical portal frames joined through a transverse beam. For validation purposes, the GBT-based results are compared with those obtained by rigorous shell finite element analyses using ANSYS. An excellent correlation, for both the critical buckling loads and mode shapes, is found in all cases.
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