Analytical and Numerical Study of the Effects of Initial Imperfections on the Inelastic Buckling of a Cruciform Column.
HARVARD UNIV CAMBRIDGE MASS DIV OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED PHYSICS
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The inelastic buckling of a cruciform column is investigated by a combination of analytical and numerical methods. An exact asymptotic analysis for the effect of small imperfections on the maximum load reveals clearly how it is possible for an exceedingly small imperfection to have a very large influence. As long as the strain hardening is sufficiently low, the numerical analysis confirms that Onat-Drucker conclusion that unavoidably small imperfections, together with the use of J2 flow theory, give rise to a maximum load prediction which is approximated by the bifurcation load prediction based on a deformation theory of plasticity.