Novel stiffeners exploiting internal pressurisation to enhance buckling behaviour under bending loads

Polenta, Valerio and Garvey, Seamus D. and Chronopoulos, Dimitrios and Long, Andy C. and Morvan, Herve P. (2016) Novel stiffeners exploiting internal pressurisation to enhance buckling behaviour under bending loads. Thin-Walled Structures, 105 . pp. 81-89. ISSN 0263-8231

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Abstract

The paper proposes a novel type of stiffener designed to bear bending loads by exploiting internal pressure effects. The stiffener is made of two adjacent thin-walled pipes (r/t≥50) jointed with a connecting strip. Such a structure is shown to have higher performance against buckling failure compared to a single pipe and its geometry allows for good exploitation of internal pressurisation.

The study is conducted by using the FEA software ANSYS and the analysis technique is the linear perturbation buckling analysis. Internal pressure ranges from 0 to 1.4 MPa. The buckling mechanisms are observed for a set of models with different values of length, wall thickness and geometric variation of the cross-section. It is shown that two different buckling modes can take place. However, for a given geometry, the level of pressure can alter the behaviour and lead to one mode rather than the other one.

Potential of the presented structure is maximised by the use of high performance materials and a possible aerospace engineering application is presented.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Buckling; internal pressure; pure bending; thin-walled shell
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tws.2016.04.002
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 27 May 2016 16:28
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 23:02
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/33599

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