GBT deformation modes for curved thin-walled cross-sections based on a mid-line polygonal approximation

Rodrigo Gonçalves, Dinar Camotim

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Abstract

This paper addresses the determination of deformation modes for curved thin-walled cross-sections through the polygonal approximation of the cross-section mid-line, in the framework of Generalised Beam Theory (GBT). A new GBT cross-section analysis procedure is proposed, which discretises the geometry independently of the number of cross-section DOFs considered to obtain the deformation modes. This procedure is more efficient than the classic GBT one, since curved geometries may be accurately described without increasing the number of deformation modes. In particular, polygonal sections with rounded corners can be easily handled. For illustrative purposes, the procedure is applied to several cross-sections with curved walls and it is shown that it leads to accurate results with coarse cross-section DOF discretisations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-243
Number of pages13
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Volume103
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016

Keywords

  • Curved cross-sections
  • Deformation modes
  • Generalised Beam Theory (GBT)
  • Thin-walled members

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