Initial Curvature and Lateral Load Effects on Thin Struts With Large Elastic Displacements

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T. Y. Na, G. M. Kurajian

Mechanical Engineering, The University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Mich.

J. Eng. Ind 98(1), 34-38 (Feb 01, 1976) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3438851 History: Received April 09, 1975; Online July 15, 2010


Employing perturbation techniques, the problem of a thin strut experiencing large deflections which is treated in two previous papers by the authors, [1] and [2], is further examined for the effects of initial curvature and mid-span lateral load. Representative design tables and typical curves, embracing a selected range of realistic parameters for the complex cases, are included. Example problems are presented for demonstration and clarification.

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