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Vol. 51 (2010) No. 2 June n. 164

Evaluation of Buckling Load of Two-Way Single Layer Grid Shells

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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. 51 (2010) No. 2 June n. 164
  • Pages: 109-123
  • Title: Evaluation of Buckling Load of Two-Way Single Layer Grid Shells
  • Author(s): S. Kato and T. Yamashita
  • Keywords: Grid Shells, Two-way, Single Layer, Buckling Load, Generalized Slenderness Ratio, Imperfection
The present paper proposes an effective method to evaluate elasto-plastic buckling loads of two-way single layer grid shells in the cases of either rigid or semi-rigid joint connections and either uniform or non-uniform vertical loads. The method is an extension to semi-rigid connection and non-uniform loads of a previously proposed method for fully rigid connections only. It utilizes a generalized slenderness ratio of a member that represents the buckling characteristics of not only individual members but also shell-like buckling. This slenderness ratio provides the column buckling strength of the member, and is used as a key measure of the buckling load of a grid shell. As a new development, it is extended herein to include the effects of different grid sub-divisions, shell geometries with different principal curvatures and the bending rigidity of the joints. Moreover, the applicability of the present method to either uniform or non-uniform loads is verified in this paper through comparison of the evaluated buckling loads with those obtained from FE elasto-plastic buckling analyses. Finally it is confirmed that the present procedure is valid and efficient enough to be applied in design practice.

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