Post-buckling behaviour of thin-walled regular polygonal tubular columns undergoing local-distortional interaction

André Dias Martins, Rodrigo Gonçalves, Dinar Camotim

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This work presents and discusses numerical results of an ongoing investigation concerning the elastic post-buckling behaviour and imperfection sensitivity of regular convex polygonal cross-section (RCPS) tubular columns affected by local-distortional (L-D) interaction. This investigation is conducted by means of geometrically non-linear Generalized Beam Theory (GBT) analyses, extending the knowledge on the “pure” local and distortional post-buckling behaviours of RCPS tubes recently reported by Martins et al. [1]. Due to their inherent modal nature, the GBT analyses make it possible to acquire in-depth knowledge on the structural behaviour of RCPS tubes and also to include, in a straightforward fashion, arbitrary member initial geometrical imperfections. Columns with distortional-to-local critical buckling load ratios (i) close to 1 (“true L-D interaction” – the most trivial L-D interaction type) and (ii) significantly above 1 (“secondary-distortional bifurcation L-D interaction” – the most relevant L-D interaction type) are investigated. Local/distortional critical-mode initial geometrical imperfections and (linear) combinations of both are considered in the former columns, while only local initial imperfections are dealt with in the latter ones – several amplitudes are dealt with to assess the imperfection sensitivity. For comparison and validation purposes, ABAQUS shell finite element analysis results are also reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-391
Number of pages19
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


  • Elastic post-buckling behaviour
  • Generalized Beam Theory (GBT)
  • Imperfection sensitivity
  • Local-distortional interaction
  • Regular convex polygonal cross-section (RCPS) tubes
  • Secondary/alternative equilibrium paths
  • Thin-walled columns


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