Local and Interactive Post-buckling of Rhs Thin-walled Members — Comparing A New Special Beam Finite Element With Shell Fe Models
|Published in:||International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, June 2007, n. 2, v. 7|
This paper presents a special thin-walled plane beam finite element that accounts for the in-plane cross-section local deformation. The element is based on the superposition of a classical beam displacement field and of an additional field describing local effects, with an approximation on the local second-order membrane stress field. The theoretical formulation is summarized and an application of the resulting numerical tool to the post-buckling analysis of RHS thin-walled members with moderate local and global slenderness susceptible to both global and local buckling is then performed. Different types of analyses are presented (computation of critical bifurcation loads, geometrically non-linear analysis, geometrically and materially non-linear analysis). The results obtained with the proposed beam finite element are compared to values provided by shell FE models.
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