Analytical and finite element modelling of long plate mode jumping behaviour

H. Hofmeyer, J. Courage

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Trapezoidal sheeting of thin-walled steel is applied frequently for roofing and cladding. As such, it is loaded by a concentrated load (at the support) and a bending moment. A recently developed model to predict the sheeting's failure behaviour leaves the question open whether mode jumping (the phenomenon that a plate dynamically changes its buckling mode during an increasing load) should be taken into account in the model. This article presents the analytical and finite element modelling of square and long plates, which, depending on the boundary conditions, may represent the compressed flange of trapezoidal sheeting. The analytical modelling is based on the combination of several displacement functions and using the principle of minimal potential energy. Hereafter the stability of each part of the resulting equilibrium curves is determined. A spin-off of the analytical model is an analytical expression for a current curve-fitted based prediction formula for the post/pre buckling stiffness ratio by Rhodes. Furthermore, the accuracy range of a solution by Williams and Walker for the far-post buckling behaviour can be confirmed. The finite element modelling has been carried out by implicit dynamic, and explicit (dynamic) simulations. Both for the load levels and the buckling mode sequences, the analytical and finite element models give equivalent results. It is concluded that for the specific boundary conditions that represent the situation of a compressed flange for trapezoidal sheeting, it is very likely that mode jumping will not occur.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-111
Number of pages11
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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