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Crush Mechanics of Thin-Walled Tubes

1st Edition

By Dai-heng Chen

CRC Press

330 pages | 239 B/W Illus.

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Thin-walled structures can be used to absorb impact energy during a vehicle collision. Crush Mechanics of Thin-Walled Tubes describes the analysis and design of these lightweight elements and thoroughly explains the deformation behaviors of thin-walled hollow members under crushing loading. The book covers, in detail, thin-walled structures—under axial compression, bending, and torsion. It provides a complete understanding of the underlying concepts and mechanisms of energy absorption components, includes analysis techniques, and covers existing theoretical approaches along with the author’s research.

Geared toward engineering students, practicing mechanical and structural engineers, and researchers interested in analyzing energy absorption and designing structures that may undergo impacts, this book:

  • Addresses axial compression of circular and square tubes, and bending and torsion of tubes
  • Summarizes the mechanism of collapse and associated calculations for the initial peak force and the average compressive force
  • Explores two factors controlling the axial collapse of a plate
  • Investigates systematically the deformation characteristics of corrugated tubes under axial crush
  • Provides an understanding of the collapse behavior of members undergoing bending deformation when trying to evaluate strength and energy-absorption characteristics
  • Looks at the bending deformation of circular and square tubes
  • Explains the characteristic flattening phenomenon, the maximum moment in bending deformation, and the moment-rotation relation during bending collapse
  • Discusses the collapse behavior of thin-walled structures with an open cross section during axial crushing and bending deformation
  • Includes the proposition of a new method for evaluating the maximum bending moment of square tubes with consideration of sidewall buckling
  • Proposes a new technique that can be used to determine the relation between the bending moment M and the rotation angle θ
  • Presents analysis methods for predicting the maximum torsion moment in each case

A shelf-worthy reference showcasing structural mechanics, Crush Mechanics of Thin-Walled Tubes provides a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts and mechanisms of crushing deformations in thin-walled structures and serves as a guide for both teaching and self-study.

Table of Contents

Axial Compression of Circular Tubes

Axisymmetric Buckling of Circular Tubes

Axisymmetric Crushing of Circular Tubes After Buckling

Non-Axisymmetric Crushing of Circular Tubes

Deformation Modes in the Axial Crushing of Circular Tubes

Effects of Stiffeners

Axial Compression of Square Tubes

Characteristics of Axial Compressive Deformation of Square Tubes

Buckling and Collapse Force of a Plate

Buckling and Collapse Force of Square Tubes

Average Force in the Axial Crushing of Square Tubes

Influence of Partition Walls on the Axial Crushing of Polygonal Tubes

Axial Compression of Corrugated Tubes

Axially Grooved Circular Tubes

Axially Corrugated Tubes

Circumferentially Corrugated Tubes

Bending of Tubes

Bending Deformation of a Cylinder

Bending Deformation of Rectangular Tubes

Thin-Walled Structures with an Open Cross Section

Basic Mechanisms of Plastic Collapse of Plates

Plastic Collapse During Axial Crushing

Bending Collapse Due to Buckling

Bending Collapse Due to Cross-Sectional Flattening


Shear Buckling of Plates

Torsion of Cylinders

Torsion of Square Tubes


About the Author

Dai-heng Chen earned his M.S and Dr. of Engineering at Kyushu University, Japan. His professional experience includes work as an engineer at the Wuxi Steel Mill (Wuxi, China), and as a Research Associate, Institute of Mechanics, Academia Sinica; Beijing, China. His academic career includes time at Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China; Kyushu Institute of Technology in Iizuka, Japan; and the Science University of Tokyo, Japan. Currently Dr. Chen serves as a Professor at Jiangsu University in Zhenjiang, China.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Mechanics / General