In this paper a semi-analytic solution for the post-critical behavior of compressed thin walled members with generic cross sections is presented. It is based on the Koiter approach and the method of separation of variables. The buckling solution is exactly evaluated using a single sinusoidal function and the initial post-critical behavior is obtained as a decoupled sinusoidal series solution along the beam axis. A specialized integration scheme allows obtaining the solution with only a few terms and a very low cost, with respect to standard finite element analyses. This tool is then used to highlight the reason of the poor behavior of beam models enriched with cross section deformation modes in reconstructing the post-critical solution. Successful strategies are proposed in order to overcome these limitations. A series of numerical tests are reported.
- Cross-section deformation modes
- Koiter post-critical analysis
- Semi-analytic solutions
- Thin-walled members