A technique for imperfection sensitivity analysis with reference to the geometrically non-linear analysis of structures is presented. The paper discusses how detailed information on structural behavior can be obtained with less computational cost. The imperfection sensitivity analysis of structures is carried out by detecting the critical states on the equilibrium path relating to the various imperfections. In fact we can investigate the behavior of imperfect structures without considering the imperfect equilibrium curve. In this work we obtained the fold line, the one-dimensional equilibrium subset of limit points relating to different values of imperfection, by asymptotic extrapolation from a known singular point. The evaluation of this singular point on the perfect equilibrium curve is carried out by a path-following algorithm. A procedure that overcomes the ill-conditioning of the systems defined in the critical points is described. This proves to be highly advantageous in terms of computational cost in comparison with classical methods of analysis. The paper investigates the behavior of cylindrical shell. In particular the sensitivity analysis for load imperfections is carried out. The asymptotic extrapolation algorithm is also compared with continuation methods for the analysis of imperfect cylindrical shell.

Evaluation of the fold line by asymptotic extrapolation for structural analysis

LOPEZ, Salvatore;
2004

Abstract

A technique for imperfection sensitivity analysis with reference to the geometrically non-linear analysis of structures is presented. The paper discusses how detailed information on structural behavior can be obtained with less computational cost. The imperfection sensitivity analysis of structures is carried out by detecting the critical states on the equilibrium path relating to the various imperfections. In fact we can investigate the behavior of imperfect structures without considering the imperfect equilibrium curve. In this work we obtained the fold line, the one-dimensional equilibrium subset of limit points relating to different values of imperfection, by asymptotic extrapolation from a known singular point. The evaluation of this singular point on the perfect equilibrium curve is carried out by a path-following algorithm. A procedure that overcomes the ill-conditioning of the systems defined in the critical points is described. This proves to be highly advantageous in terms of computational cost in comparison with classical methods of analysis. The paper investigates the behavior of cylindrical shell. In particular the sensitivity analysis for load imperfections is carried out. The asymptotic extrapolation algorithm is also compared with continuation methods for the analysis of imperfect cylindrical shell.
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