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Vol. 50 (2009) No. 1 April n. 160

Three Pending Questions in Structural Stability

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  • Journal Name: Journal of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (J. IASS)
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 1996-9015
  • ISSN: (Print Version) 1028-365X
  • Issue: Vol. 50 (2009) No. 1 April n. 160
  • Pages: 51-64
  • Title: Three Pending Questions in Structural Stability
  • Author(s): A. Steinboeck, G. Hoefinger, X. Jia and H. A. Mang
  • Keywords: linear prebuckling path, linear stability analysis, imperfection (in)sensitivity, symmetric postbuckling path, hilltop buckling.
This analysis deals with three pending questions in structural stability: • Are linear prebuckling paths and linear stability problems mutually conditional? • Does the conversion from imperfection sensitivity into imperfection insensitivity by means of a modification of the original structural design require a symmetric postbuckling path? • Is hilltop buckling, characterized by the coincidence of a bifurcation point and a snap-through point on a load-displacement path, necessarily imperfection sensitive? The questions will be answered by means of both mathematical proofs and examples.

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