Structural Stability in Engineering Practice elucidates the various problems associated with attaining stability, and provides the results for practical use by the design engineer. By presenting a simple and visual description of the physical phenomena, the authors show how to determine the critical loads of various structures, such as frames, arches, building structures, trusses and sandwiches. Special emphasis is given to the post-critical behaviour - essential for assessing the safety of structures - and furthermore to the summation theories that make the solution of complicated stability problems relatively simple.
Table of Contents
Loss of stability and post-buckling behaviour. Summation theorems concerning critical loads of bifurcation. Interaction of different buckling modes in the post-buckling range. Stability of elastic structures with the aid of the catastrophe theory. Buckling of frames. Application of the sandwich theory in the stability analysis of structures. Bracing of building structures against buckling. Buckling of arches and rings. Special stability problems of beams and trusses. Stability of viscoelastic structures. Buckling under dynamic loading. Stability paradoxes.