Dynamic Stability of Structures: Application to Frames, Cylindrical Shells and Other Systems.
Final rept. May 80-Apr 81,
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This report deals primarily with extension of the energy-based concepts of dynamic stability, developed earlier for finite-degree-of-freedom systems, to continuous systems. Moreover, the related criteria for dynamic stability are demonstrated through several structural configurations, such as eccentrically loaded simple two-bar frames, geometrically imperfect, thin, cylindrical shells of stiffened and unstiffened construction and subjected to uniform axial compression and lateral pressure, and a pinnted, half-sine, shallow arch loaded transversely. All of these systems are subject to violent buckling under static application of the loads. Moreover, the developed concepts are extended, so as to apply to structural systems ,which are either subject to smooth buckling or are not subject to buckling at all under static loading.