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Large deflection analysis of shallow framed structures. Radomske, Brian Arthur


Elastic structures exhibit instabilities which arise through the occurrence of finite displacements even when constitutive properties remain linear. A non-linear analysis which recognizes rotations in the strain displacement relationship is formulated for analyzing three-dimensional framed structures. A finite element method is used whereby the rotations within each element are restricted in size by use of a local element reference frame attached to the element. Two such coordinate systems are developed. Then an incremental solution technique based on an instantaneous linearization of a Taylor series expansion of the forces about the displacement configuration at the beginning of each increment is developed. The snap-through buckling of shallow frames, arches and domes is studied with a view to documenting the effect on the equilibrium paths of the type of moving coordinate frame, the number of elements, and the size of the increment step.

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