Elastic buckling of uniformly compressed thin-walled regular polygonal tubes

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This paper investigates the elastic buckling (bifurcation) behaviour of uniformly compressed thin-walled tubular members with single-cell regular polygonal cross-sections (RCPS), such as those employed to build transmission line structures, towers, antennas and masts. A specialisation of Generalised Beam Theory (GBT) for RCPS, reported in a recent paper (Goncalves and Camotim, 2013) [1], is used to obtain both analytical and numerical results concerning the most relevant buckling modes and provide novel and broad conclusions on the structural behaviour of this type of members. In particular, local, cross-section extensional, distortional and multi-mode (including global flexural) buckling phenomena are addressed. For validation purposes, the GBT-based results are compared with solutions taken from the literature and also with numerical values obtained from finite strip analyses.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)35-45
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Issue numberNA
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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